Preventable Hospital Stays
Preventable hospital stays are a proxy for understanding the role and impact of the available community healthcare network. Ambulatory care sensitive conditions include conditions such as convulsions, COPD, pneumonia, asthma, and diabetes. This measure is used to assess how often people use hospitals for such conditions instead of primary care providers, indicating the accessibility of care for individuals. This measure uses Medicare data, focusing on individuals aged 65 and older, which means that it will not be reflective of hospital stays for younger generations.