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Health Care Final 11-16-11 -   3.3 - Hospitalizations Due to Fall for the 65+ Population

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Health Care Final 11-16-11
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Action Plan

3.3 - Hospitalizations due to falls for the 65 and older population (per 100,000)
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), 2010.
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.

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



Based on 2010 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:  1997-2009; Annually in July.  Borges/DOH

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Action Plan: Yes
Extended Analysis:


 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • There was no significant change in the fall hospitalization rate for those 65 and older between 2000 and 2010.
  • The rate of hospitalizations for falls decreased slightly from 1,680.7 in 2009 to 1,674.0 in 2010 per 100,000.

 Action Plan

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

Who:  Kastl/DOH, Fernandes/DOH, Borges/DOH, ADSA/DSHS

When:  Ongoing