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Hospital Admissions for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions in Los Angeles County: 1996-1997

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This report presents information on Los Angeles county residents in 1996 and 1997 who were hospitalized for conditions known as Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSCs). ACSCs are conditions for which most hospital admissions could be prevented if patients received adequate access to ambulatory care services. Thus, ACSCs represent one method of defining potentially avoidable hospitalizations. This report present data on the number of hospital admissions, admission rates per 100,000 population, total days of inpatient care, and total hospital charges for 24 ACSCs among residents of Los Angeles County during 1996 and 1997.