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Indicator Report - Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions: Diabetes Hospitalization Among Adults

Why Is This Important?

Ambulatory care sensitive (ACS) conditions are conditions for which effective outpatient care can prevent hospitalizations. Diabetes is a disease for which regular physician visits can help to control blood sugar (glucose), fats (lipids), and blood pressure; screen for diabetes-related eye, foot, and kidney problems; and provide early treatment and patient education in self-management. Physician visits and early treatment can prevent otherwise avoidable hospitalizations and serious illness and injuries to patients. Diabetes complications include loss of consciousness, heart disease, stroke, circulation, kidney and nerve damage, impotence, blindness, amputation of extremities, and death.

Adult Hospitalization Rate for Diabetes, Long-term Complications by Patient County of Residence, Utah, 2012

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For 2012, no county rate was significantly lower or higher than the overall rate for Utah based on 95% confidence intervals.

Data Notes

**Some counties data may not appear due to small occurrence rates.

For Diabetes, Long-term Complications (PQI 3), the numerator includes principal diagnosis codes 250.40-250.43, 250.50-250.53, 250.60-250.63, 250.70-250.73, 250.80-250.83, 250.90-250.93.

Risk-adjusted rates are adjusted for age and gender.

Data Sources

U.S. Census, County Intercensal Estimates (2000-2010). Utah Inpatient Hospital Discharge Data, Office of Health Care Statistics, Utah Department of Health. National Healthcare Quality and Research. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), AHRQ.

Other Views


Ambulatory care sensitive (ACS) conditions refer to those conditions for which hospitalizations could have been avoided, or conditions that could have been less serious, if they had been treated early and appropriately. Good outpatient management dramatically reduces the risk of hospitalization. For diabetes, an ACS condition refers to uncontrolled diabetes (type 1 and type 2), diabetes short-term and long-term complications, and amputations of lower extremities due to diabetes among adults aged 18 years and older.

As of November 2004, the IBIS diabetes information is based on four diabetes indicators (PQI 1, PQI 3, PQI 14, PQI 16) developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Prevention Quality Indicators. National Healthcare Quality and Research provided the values for the national rate based on the National Inpatient Sample.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of hospitalizations among persons aged 18 years and older with diabetes complications as the principal or secondary diagnosis code. Maternal, newborn, and transfer cases are excluded.
Denominator: Number of Utah residents aged 18 years and older.

Page Content Updated On 11/25/2014, Published on 12/09/2014
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Content updated: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:22:46 MST