The dataset contains hospitalization counts and rates, statewide and by county, for 12 ambulatory care sensitive conditions plus 4 composite measures. Hospitalizations due to these medical conditions are potentially preventable through access to high-quality outpatient care. The conditions include: diabetes short-term complications; perforated appendix; diabetes long-term complications; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma in older adults (age 40 and over); hypertension; heart failure; dehydration; community-acquired pneumonia; urinary tract infection; angina without procedure (retired, 2016); uncontrolled diabetes; asthma in younger adults (age 18-39); and lower-extremity amputation among patients with diabetes. The composite measures include overall, acute conditions, chronic conditions, and diabetes (new, 2016). The data provides a good starting point for assessing quality of health services in the community. The data does not measure hospital quality. Note: In 2015, OSHPD only released the first three quarters of data due to a change in the reporting of diagnoses from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM codes, effective October 1, 2015. Due to the significant differences resulting from the code change, the ICD-9-CM data is distinguished from the ICD-10-CM data in the data file beginning in 2016.
California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) is the leader in collecting data and disseminating information about California's healthcare infrastructure. OSHPD promotes an equitably distributed healthcare workforce, and publishes valuable information about healthcare outcomes. OSHPD also monitors the construction, renovation, and seismic safety of hospitals and skilled nursing facilities and provides loan insurance to assist the capital needs of California's not-for-profit healthcare facilities.