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Health Indicator Report of Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions Emergency Department Visits

Ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC) are conditions for which hospitalizations can be prevented or avoided with quality outpatient care from primary care providers. Early intervention by primary care providers can prevent future complications and/or the progression to more severe disease. Studying ACSC related hospitalizations can inform researchers on the quality and timeliness of care residents with ACSC receive from area primary healthcare providers.


Data are age adjusted rates for persons aged 18 years and older. Acute Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSCs) include dehydration, bacterial pneumonia, or urinary tract infection (UTI). Chronic ACSCs include diabetes with short term complications, diabetes with long-term complications, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hypertension, heart failure without a cardiac procedure, uncontrolled diabetes without complications, asthma, or diabetes with lower-extremity amputation.

Data Sources

  • Emergency Department (ED) dataset, Health Systems Epidemiology Program, New Mexico Department of Health.
  • New Mexico Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,

Data Interpretation Issues

Condition classification was based on International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems Version 10 (ICD-10) diagnosis code as per the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Prevention Quality Indicator definition which can be found on the AHRQ's Patient Safety Indicators Technical Specifications page: [].


Emergency department visits for ambulatory care sensitive conditions per 100,000 population age 18 or older, age-adjusted.


Number of emergency department visits visits meeting the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) [ ACSC Prevention Quality Indicator Conditions definition].


Total Population of New Mexico above 18 years old.
Page Content Updated On 02/01/2019, Published on 02/01/2019
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Content updated: Thu, 16 May 2019 11:03:23 MDT