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Hospitalizations Involving Mental and Substance Use Disorders Among Adults

According to a recent report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 8.6 million hospitalizations involved at least one mental or substance abuse disorder in 2012, accounting for nearly a third of all inpatient stays. However, mental/substance abuse discorders were the primary reason for 1.8 million or 6.7% of all inpatient stays.

Mood disorders were the most common primary diagnosis for mental disorders, while alcohol-related disorders were the most frequent substance abuse diagnosis. Nearly 14% of those with a primary mental or substance abuse diagnosis were uninsured. Medicare and Medicaid covered 56% of all primary mental/substance abuse hospitalizations.

Source: Heslin KC and others. Hospitalizations involving mental and substance use disorders among adults, 2012. HCUP [Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project] Statistical Brief, no. 191, June 2015. http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb191-Hospitalization-Mental-Substance-Use-Disorders-2012.pdf

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