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February 4, 2014

Using a statistical tool to measure quantitative hospital data, the state Department of Health has found there were 109,000 hospitalizations for medical treatments in 2011 that could have been prevented.

If these cases had been treated with better healthcare management, about $6 billion could have been saved.

Of these potentially preventable hospitalizations, the greatest numbers were in the areas of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (21,809), congestive heart failure (24,890), bacterial pneumonia (17,917 ), and urinary tract infection (12,849). The preventable hospitalizations varied from county to county.

New Jersey’s hospitalization rate is lower than the national average for most indicators, including the four just listed. It has a higher-than-average rate of hospitalizations for diabetes with long-term complications, hypertension, low birth weight, angina, and adult asthma.

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