Preventable hospitalizations: All 50 states, ranked

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Hawaii is home to the fewest preventable hospitalizations in the nation per 1,000 Medicare patients, whereas Minnesota most exceeds the national average of 42.37.

Preventable hospitalizations decreased by 5 percent nationally between 2017 and 2018, according to the United Health Foundation. UHF factors preventable hospitalizations as a sign of overuse of the hospital as a primary source of care to calculate its annual America's Health Rankings report, which is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. 

Here are the complete state-by-state rankings the foundation used to calculate states' 2020 overall health scores, the most recent available. Values reflect the number of 2018 discharges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, such as diabetes with short- or long-term complications, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, angina without a procedure, asthma, dehydration and urinary tract infection. Access the complete report here.

  1. Hawaii — 19.71
  2. Utah — 22.87
  3. Idaho — 23.9
  4. Alaska — 24.08
  5. Colorado — 24.34
  6. Oregon — 26.5
  7. Arizona — 27.55
  8. New Mexico — 27.88
  9. Washington — 28.04
  10. Montana — 29.32
  11. Vermont — 32.48
  12. Wyoming — 33
  13. California — 33.3
  14. Nebraska — 35.17
  15. Maine — 35.56
  16. Iowa — 36.32
  17. Wisconsin — 37.02
  18. New Hampshire — 38.37
  19. Nevada — 39.36
  20. Rhode Island — 39.64
  21. Kansas — 40.14
  22. South Dakota — 40.87
  23. Maryland — 41.07
  24. North Dakota — 41.28
  25. South Carolina — 41.41
  26. Virginia — 42
  27. New York — 42.34
  28. Connecticut — 43.65
  29. Pennsylvania — 44.61
  30. New Jersey — 44.82
  31. North Carolina — 44.98
  32. Texas —46.56
  33. Missouri — 46.62
  34. Oklahoma — 47.23
  35. Georgia — 47.41
  36. Delaware — 47.45
  37. Arkansas — 47.47
  38. Florida — 47.79
  39. Tennessee — 47.92
  40. Indiana — 48.1
  41. Michigan — 48.2
  42. Ohio — 48.66
  43. Massachusetts — 48.83
  44. Illinois — 49.54
  45. District of Columbia — 51.76
  46. Alabama — 54.51
  47. Kentucky — 55.09
  48. Louisiana — 55.61
  49. West Virginia — 55.93
  50. Mississippi — 56.28
  51. Minnesota — 57.21

 

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