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Health Care Final 10-15-09 -   3.2 - Hospitalizations Rate Due to Fall for the 65+ Population

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Health Care Final 10-15-09
Healthy State
Economic Recovery
Action Plan

3.2 - Senior Falls Prevention:  Rate of Hospitalization Due to Falls for the 65 and Older Population

Are we providing enough focus on senior fall prevention to reduce hospitalizations?

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Data Notes
Data Source: Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS), 2009.
Measure Definition: Rate of non-fatal hospitalizations due to falls for the 65 and older population.
Target Rationale:

Target:  Decrease 2% by 06/30/2012; There has been an average annual increase of 0.3%. To decrease the rate, we need to slow the rate of increase, then focus on the rate decrease.

Link to Agency Strategic Plan:
2009-2011: Activity Inventory 6A10
2009-2013: G1, O1, S4, M1



Based on 2008 population figures, the Office of Financial Management projects a 50% increase in the number of older adults by 2020. They also project that the number of older adults will double by 2030.

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E2SHB 2668:  Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2668 Period/Frequency:  1997-2008; Annually in July.  Silver/DOH

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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis:


 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis


  • The fall hospitalization rate for those 65 and older:
    • Increased 3.3% between 1996 and 2006.
    • Decreased 1% from 2006 to 2008
  • Despite the decline in the hospitalization rate, there were 632 more hospitalizations between 2006 and 2008 because of the increasing population of those 65 and older.
  • The rate reduction coincides with the implementation of the state's senior fall prevention program.
  • While recommendations for detecting a true change in a trend require at least 5 data points, the decline from 2006 to 2008 is encouraging. Data needs to be monitored to see if this decrease is a trend.


 Action Plan

What:  Educate professionals on fall prevention best practices through presentations at meetings with those who work with older adults.

Who:  Kastl/DOH, Silver/DOH, ADSA/DSHS

When:  Ongoing