RD-3.3 Reduce emergency department (ED) visits for asthma among adults aged 65 years and older

National Data Source
National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Population Estimates; U.S. Census Bureau (Census)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
per 10,000 
Baseline (Year)
21.9 (2005-2007)
Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance
Number of visits to an emergency department with a first-listed diagnosis of asthma (ICD-9-CM code 493) among persons aged 65 years and over
Number of persons aged 65 years and over
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective


Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

The original baseline was revised from 21.0 to 21.9 due to a revised programming error. The target was adjusted from 13.2 to 13.8 to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method. The target was revised a second time from 13.8 to 13.7 due to a change in the rounding rules for target calculations of Minimal Statistical Significance.