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Statistics on Hospital-Based Care in the U.S., 2009

AHRQ has released its annual compilation of hospital care facts and figures based on an analysis of its Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project [HCUP] databases. Here’s a sampling of the type of data included:

  • Between 1997 and 2009, the inflation-adjusted cost of producing hospital services increased an average 4% per year.
  • The average length of a hospital stay was 4.6 days in 2009, almost 20% shorter than in 1993 when it was 5.7 days.
  • Hospital stays of uninsured and Medicaid patients grew 3 times faster than all patient stays from 1997 to 2009.
  • People residing in the poorest communities had 19% higher hospitalization rates than persons in other communities.
  • Births were the most common diagnosis for hospital patients, accounting for over 10% of all hospitalizations.
  • Growth in intensity of hospital services accounted for 72% of the increase in national hospital costs, while 27% was due to population growth. An increase in the hospitalization rate accounted for just over 1% of cost increases.

Other data on inpatient hospital stays by diagnosis and procedure, hospitalization costs, and a special section on women’s health are included.

Source: HCUP facts and figures: Statistics on hospital-based care in the United States, 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2011. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/factsandfigures/2009/TOC_2009.jsp

Posted by the American Hospital Association Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org.

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