News for Immediate Release
January 23, 2024
Harrisburg – PHC4 has produced new County-Level Condition-Specific Reports and County-Level Utilization Reports using the most recent available data for the reported period.
County-Level Condition-Specific Reports focus on several high interest conditions displaying county-specific rates of hospitalization for Pennsylvania residents from the four-quarter period beginning July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023 (state fiscal year 2023 data). The analysis within these reports is limited to Pennsylvania general acute care hospitals.
County-Level Utilization Reports are updated every quarter and show the overall total number of inpatient hospitalizations and ambulatory/outpatient cases for Pennsylvania residents with results displayed by patient age, sex, and payer. The new reports reflect data from Quarter 2, 2023.
These reports shed light on critical healthcare components and offer valuable insights into public health in Pennsylvania at the county level. Barry D. Buckingham, PHC4’s Executive Director, believes these quarterly reports are important for stakeholders in assessing the state of public health. “This set of reporting not only displays the most essential data, but it also provides the timeliest data to decision-makers, fostering informed choices,” said Buckingham.
PHC4 invites all stakeholders to review these reports, which are available now at phc4.org. By providing this data, PHC4 aims to empower communities, healthcare providers, and policymakers, while continuing to serve our mission, ensuring our reporting supports those charged with prioritizing healthcare resources effectively.
PHC4 is an independent state agency formed under Pennsylvania statute (Act 89 of 1986, as amended by Act 15 of 2020) in order to address rapidly growing health care costs. The Council continues to produce comparative information about the most efficient and effective health care to individual consumers and group purchasers of health services. In addition, PHC4 produces information used to identify opportunities to contain costs and improve the quality of care delivered.
Barry D. Buckingham
Executive Director, PHC4