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Trends in Potentially Preventable Inpatient Hospital Admissions and Emergency Department Visits.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; AHRQ; Fingar KR; Barrett ML; Elixhauser A; Stocks C; Steiner CA.

Defining preventability has become increasingly important due to its use as a measure for cost and reimbursement mechanisms. This report presents data on hospitalizations for conditions that might be averted through quality ambulatory care and reveals that preventable hospital stays decreased between 2005 and 2012.