Over half [53.1%] of all invasive, therapeutic surgeries performed on adults by hospitals were in an outpatient setting, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Nearly all hospital-based surgeries related to the eye [98.8%] and ear [91.8%] were performed in an ambulatory care setting, while only 2.3% of obstetrical procedures were performed on an outpatient basis.
The report provides data on all categories of invasive, therapeutic surgeries performed on adults in community hospitals in 2012, based on an analysis of data from 28 states. The inpatient and outpatient volume, rate per 100,000 population, and percentage of surgeries that were performed in an ambulatory setting are provided for each type of procedure. Noninvasive surgeries and surgeries typically performed for diagnostic or exploratory purposes, such as colonoscopies, were excluded from the AHRQ analysis.
Source: Wier LM; Steiner CA; Owens PL. Surgeries in hospital-owned outpatient facilities, 2012. HCUP Statistical Brief [Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project], no. 188, Feb. 2015. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb188-Surgeries-Hospital-Outpatient-Facilities-2012.pdf
Related resource: Chart 3.11: Percentage share of inpatient vs. outpatient surgeries, 1993-2013. In: Trendwatch Chartbook 2015. American Hospital Association, Feb. 19, 2015. http://www.aha.org/research/reports/tw/chartbook/2015/chart3-11.pdf
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