Asthma Care Quality Improvement

Table 1.2. Potential for Improvement: Percent of Asthma Hospitalizations That Would Need To Be Reduced To Achieve Best-in-class Performance, by State and Age Group, 2004

  Hospital admissions for
pediatric asthma
per 100,000 population
under age 18
Hospital admissions for
adult asthma
per 100,000 population
ages 18-64
Hospital admissions for
adult asthma per 100,000 population ages 65+
State Adjusted rate Percent to be reduced to achieve best-in-class Adjusted rate Percent to be reduced to achieve best-in-class Adjusted rate Percent to be reduced to achieve best-in-class
Total U.S. 201.945 102.045 225.930
Best in class1 72.182 43.005 112.982
Arizona 184.584 60.9% 75.364 42.9% 166.514 32.1%
Arkansas 144.853 50.2% 101.831 57.8% 209.653 46.1%
California 137.269 47.4% 60.367 28.8% 198.930 43.2%
Colorado 186.616 61.3% 55.560 22.6% 130.829 13.6%
Florida 243.050 70.3% 114.587 62.5% 236.031 52.1%
Hawaii 150.322 52.0% 82.814 48.1% 199.991 43.5%
Iowa 100.083 27.9% 56.658 24.1% 125.133 9.7%
Kansas 168.546 57.2% 80.710 46.7% 164.702 31.4%
Kentucky 285.456 74.7% 134.522 68.0% 264.188 57.2%
Massachusetts 184.129 60.8% 108.566 60.4% 241.589 53.2%
Michigan 224.477 67.8% 123.915 65.3% 224.852 49.8%
Minnesota 142.629 49.4% 58.573 26.6% 130.531 13.4%
Missouri 214.656 66.4% 101.238 57.5% 177.356 36.3%
Nebraska 105.393 31.5% 54.217 20.7% 135.028 16.3%
Nevada 142.645 49.4% 85.086 49.5% 148.429 23.9%
New Hampshire 65.247 -10.6% 70.778 39.2% 127.655 11.5%
New Jersey 244.706 70.5% 137.834 68.8% 277.496 59.3%
New York 345.183 79.1% 156.390 72.5% 302.108 62.6%
North Carolina 158.698 54.5% 102.792 58.2% 213.224 47.0%
Oregon 80.131 9.9% 45.829 6.2% 113.305 0.3%
Rhode Island 209.587 65.6% 94.720 54.6% 185.939 39.2%
South Carolina 229.531 68.6% 111.987 61.6% 215.607 47.6%
Tennessee 194.999 63.0% 107.116 59.9% 238.465 52.6%
Utah 100.930 28.5% 36.358 -18.3% 129.507 12.8%
Vermont 71.167 -1.4% 46.828 8.2% 111.439 -1.4%
Washington 121.465 40.6% 51.636 16.7% 114.201 1.1%
West Virginia 228.785 68.4% 143.966 70.1% 347.759 67.5%
Wisconsin 135.246 46.6% 74.911 42.6% 149.532 24.4%

1 Best in class rate is calculated from the weighted average of the lowest 10 percent of States' hospitalization rates.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) (AHRQ, 2004b).

Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Table 1.2. Potential for Improvement: Percent of Asthma Hospitalizations That Would Need To Be Reduced To Achieve Best-in-class Performance, by State and Age Group, 2004. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/tools/asthmaqual/asthmacare/table1-2.html