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HCUP Facts and Figures
Statistics on Hospital-Based Care in the United States, 2009
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

HIGHLIGHTS

INTRODUCTION

HCUP PARTNERS

1. OVERVIEW

2. DIAGNOSES

3. PROCEDURES

4. COSTS

5. WOMEN'S HEALTH

SOURCES/METHODS

DEFINITIONS

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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FACTS & FIGURES 2009 PDF
EXHIBIT 1.2 Inpatient Hospital Stays and Average Length of Stay (PDF)

Hospital stays per 10,000 population and average length of stay, 1993 through 2009. Column chart and line chart. Stays per 10,000 population. 1993: 1,328; 1994: 1,305; 1995: 1,292; 1996: 1,276; 1997: 1,278; 1998: 1,270; 1999: 1,277; 2000: 1,291; 2001: 1,304; 2002: 1,314; 2003: 1,316; 2004: 1,319; 2005: 1,324; 2006: 1,321; 2007: 1,311; 2008: 1,310; 2009: 1,284. Average length of stay in days. 1993: 5.7; 1994: 5.5; 1995: 5.2; 1996: 4.9; 1997: 4.8; 1998: 4.8; 1999: 4.7; 2000: 4.6; 2001: 4.6; 2002: 4.6; 2003: 4.6; 2004: 4.6; 2005: 4.6; 2006: 4.6; 2007: 4.6; 2008: 4.6; 2009: 4.6. Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 1993-2009.

The average length of stay in U.S. community hospitals stabilized beginning in 2000, while the number of hospital stays per 10,000 population remained stable throughout the 1993-2009 period.

  • The average length of stay (ALOS) in 2009 (4.6 days) was almost 20-percent shorter than in 1993 (5.7 days). The ALOS declined throughout most of the 1990s and has remained unchanged since 2000.
  • From 1993 to 2009, the annual rate of stays was relatively stable at about 1,300 stays per 10,000 population.


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Internet Citation: Facts and Figures 2009. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). October 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/factsandfigures/2009/exhibit1_2.jsp.
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