Reduce the rate of emergency department visits due to falls among older adults — OA‑03 Data Methodology and Measurement

About the National Data


Baseline: 6,052.2 emergency department visits for falls per 100,000 adults aged 65 years and over occurred in 2016

Target: 5,447 per 100,000

Number of emergency department visits for falls (all-listed ICD9 Clinical Classifications Software (CCS) external cause of injury (falls) diagnosis code of 2603 and all-listed ICD9-CM injury diagnosis codes in the range of 800-909.2, 909.4, 909.9, 910-994.9, 995.5-995.59, and 995.80-995.85 (except 887) among adults aged 65 years and over.

Exclusions from the numerator include transfers from skilled nursing facilities or intermediate care facilities, and from other healthcare facilities; and missing on gender, age, quarter, and year.
Number of adults aged 65 years and over.
Target-setting method

Percent improvement

Target-setting method details
10 percent improvement from the baseline.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were not available for this objective. A 10 percent improvement from the baseline was used to calculate a target. This method was used because it was a statistically significant improvement from the baseline.


Comparable HP2020 objective
Modified, which includes core objectives that are continuing from Healthy People 2020 but underwent a change in measurement.
Changes between HP2020 and HP2030
This objective differs from Healthy People 2020 objective OA-11 in that the data source for objective OA-11 was the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS), while the data source for this objective is the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project-National Emergency Department Sample (HCUP-NEDS).