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HCUP Fast Stats - Opioid-Related Hospital Use
HCUP Fast Stats provides easy access to the latest HCUP-based statistics for health care information topics. This section provides trends in opioid-related inpatient stays and emergency department visits at the national and State levels.

Opioid-Related Hospital Use

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Colorado: Opioid-Related Hospital Use by Age
Rate of Inpatient Stays per 100,000 Population
Year Qtr. Age <1 year Age 1-24 years Age 25-44 years Age 45-64 years Age 65+ years
2008 1 34 140 187 275
2008 2 33 144 190 274
2008 3 37 124 188 241
2008 4 46 143 201 280
2009 1 46 125 193 298
2009 2 49 141 192 268
2009 3 43 141 207 293
2009 4 40 133 199 273
2010 1 52 143 190 278
2010 2 49 156 222 313
2010 3 60 159 220 283
2010 4 61 156 218 316
2011 1 66 166 242 369
2011 2 60 192 236 348
2011 3 62 198 251 357
2011 4 71 204 254 344
2012 1 73 194 262 409
2012 2 63 190 265 421
2012 3 74 206 275 434
2012 4 61 202 264 424
2013 1 63 176 245 355
2013 2 62 177 238 329
2013 3 65 183 240 353
2013 4 56 186 244 324
2014 1 56 181 252 330
2014 2 58 186 249 331
2014 3 58 212 279 379
2014 4 61 191 274 375
2015 1 59 213 245 373
2015 2 60 215 271 344
2015 3 68 203 251 331
2015 4 61 233 338 530
2016 1 65 229 328 513
2016 2 59 251 336 494
2016 3 68 254 351 506
2016 4 55 253 329 502
2017 1 58 254 330 500
2017 2 54 254 310 452
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U.S. National: Opioid-Related Hospital Use
Rate of Inpatient Stays per 100,000 Population
Year Qtr. All Inpatient Stays
2008 1 158
2008 2 162
2008 3 175
2008 4 168
2009 1 172
2009 2 181
2009 3 190
2009 4 182
2010 1 189
2010 2 196
2010 3 204
2010 4 199
2011 1 197
2011 2 209
2011 3 217
2011 4 208
2012 1 210
2012 2 212
2012 3 215
2012 4 205
2013 1 203
2013 2 215
2013 3 225
2013 4 212
2014 1 213
2014 2 224
2014 3 232
2014 4 229
2015 1 228
2015 2 239
2015 3 254
2015 4 284
Colorado: Opioid-Related Hospital Use by Age
Rate of Inpatient Stays per 100,000 Population
Year Qtr. Age <1 year Age 1-24 years Age 25-44 years Age 45-64 years Age 65+ years
2008 1 34 140 187 275
2008 2 33 144 190 274
2008 3 37 124 188 241
2008 4 46 143 201 280
2009 1 46 125 193 298
2009 2 49 141 192 268
2009 3 43 141 207 293
2009 4 40 133 199 273
2010 1 52 143 190 278
2010 2 49 156 222 313
2010 3 60 159 220 283
2010 4 61 156 218 316
2011 1 66 166 242 369
2011 2 60 192 236 348
2011 3 62 198 251 357
2011 4 71 204 254 344
2012 1 73 194 262 409
2012 2 63 190 265 421
2012 3 74 206 275 434
2012 4 61 202 264 424
2013 1 63 176 245 355
2013 2 62 177 238 329
2013 3 65 183 240 353
2013 4 56 186 244 324
2014 1 56 181 252 330
2014 2 58 186 249 331
2014 3 58 212 279 379
2014 4 61 191 274 375
2015 1 59 213 245 373
2015 2 60 215 271 344
2015 3 68 203 251 331
2015 4 61 233 338 530
2016 1 65 229 328 513
2016 2 59 251 336 494
2016 3 68 254 351 506
2016 4 55 253 329 502
2017 1 58 254 330 500
2017 2 54 254 310 452
Discharge or visit counts are available in the downloadable Excel data file under "Show Data Export Options".
U.S. National: Opioid-Related Hospital Use
Rate of Inpatient Stays per 100,000 Population
Year Qtr. All Inpatient Stays
2008 1 158
2008 2 162
2008 3 175
2008 4 168
2009 1 172
2009 2 181
2009 3 190
2009 4 182
2010 1 189
2010 2 196
2010 3 204
2010 4 199
2011 1 197
2011 2 209
2011 3 217
2011 4 208
2012 1 210
2012 2 212
2012 3 215
2012 4 205
2013 1 203
2013 2 215
2013 3 225
2013 4 212
2014 1 213
2014 2 224
2014 3 232
2014 4 229
2015 1 228
2015 2 239
2015 3 254
2015 4 284
Discharge or visit counts are available in the downloadable Excel data file under "Show Data Export Options".

2015 Caution: Transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS Coding

On October 1, 2015, the United States transitioned from ICD-9-CM1 to ICD-10-CM/PCS2. The 2015 data in this section of HCUP Fast Stats include three quarters of information based on ICD-9-CM coding, whereas the fourth quarter is based on ICD-10-CM/PCS coding. Users may observe discontinuity in trends analyses that span the October 1, 2015 transition date. More information on the impact of ICD-10-CM/PCS is available on the HCUP User Support (HCUP-US) Web page for ICD-10-CM/PCS Resources.

1 International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification
2 International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System

Opioid-Related Hospital Use

Inpatient stays and emergency department (ED) visits including opioid-related hospital use are identified by any diagnosis (all-listed) in the following ranges of ICD-10-CM and ICD-9-CM codes:

ICD-10-CM Codes Starting October 1, 2015
  • F11 series: Opioid-related disorders (except F11.21)
  • T40 series: Poisoning by, adverse effect of, and underdosing of narcotics and psychodysleptics [hallucinogens]; includes poisoning accidental, undetermined, and adverse effect (except heroin); with a seventh digit indicating initial, subsequent encounter, sequela
    • 0X1, 0X4, 0X5: Opium
    • 1X1, 1X4: Heroin
    • 2X1, 2X4, 2X5: Other opioids
    • 3X1, 3X4, 3X5: Methadone
    • 4X1, 4X4, 4X5: Other synthetic narcotics
    • 601, 604, 605: Unspecified narcotics
    • 691, 694, 695: Other narcotics

A full list of the ICD-10-CM codes used in the definition of opioid-related hospital use is available in the exported data file, which can be downloaded by expanding "Show Data Export Options."

We observed some differences in the reporting of opioid-related inpatient stays and ED visits identified using ICD-10-CM codes. These differences are explored within the Case Study: Exploring How Opioid-Related Diagnosis Codes Translate from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM, which is found under "Doing Analysis with ICD-10 Data" on the ICD-10-CM/PCS Resources page of HCUP-US.

ICD-9-CM Codes Prior to October 1, 2015
  • 304.00-304.02: Opioid type dependence (unspecified; continuous; episodic)
  • 304.70-304.72: Combinations of opioid type drug with any other drug dependence (unspecified; continuous; episodic)
  • 305.50-305.52: Opioid abuse (unspecified; continuous; episodic)
  • 965.00-965.02; 965.09: Poisoning by opium (alkaloids), unspecified; heroin; methadone; other opiates and related narcotics
  • 970.1: Poisoning by opiate antagonists
  • E850.0-E850.2: Accidental poisoning by heroin; methadone; other opiates and related narcotics
  • E935.0-E935.2: Heroin, methadone, other opiates and related narcotics causing adverse effects in therapeutic use
  • E940.1: Opiate antagonists causing adverse effects in therapeutic use

It should be noted that ICD-10-CM and ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes related to opioid dependence or abuse "in remission" are not used to identify opioid-related hospital use because remission does not indicate active use of opioids. Codes indicating opioid-related use for intentional self-harm or assault are also not included.

These codes include opioid-related use stemming from illicit opioids such as heroin, illegal use of prescription opioids, and the use of opioids as prescribed. Each type of opioid use is important for understanding and addressing the opioid epidemic in the United States.3 While there may be interest in examining how much each type of opioid use contributes to the overall opioid problem, many of the opioid-related codes under the ICD-9-CM clinical coding system do not allow heroin-related cases to be explicitly identified (e.g., in the 304.0x series, heroin is not distinguished from other opioids). In addition, the codes do not distinguish between illegal use of prescription drugs and their use as prescribed.

3 Compton WM, Jones CM, Baldwin GT. Relationship between nonmedical prescription-opioid use and heroin use. The New England Journal of Medicine. 2016;374:154-63.

Unit of Analysis

The unit of analysis is the hospital discharge (i.e., the hospital inpatient stay) or an emergency department (ED) visit, not a person or patient. This means that a person who is admitted to the hospital or visits the ED multiple times in one year is counted each time as a separate "discharge" from the hospital or a separate "encounter" in the ED. Transfers to another acute care hospital are excluded. If the hospital inpatient stay or ED visit includes more than one diagnosis code for opioid-related hospital use, the encounter is only counted once.

Rate or Count of Inpatient Stays or ED Visits

Population-based rates are presented for trends of opioid-related inpatient stays and ED visits reported overall and by age, sex, community-level income, and patient location. For expected payer, trends in opioid-related hospital use are presented as discharge/encounter counts. Currently, there is no source of national population insurance estimates that align with HCUP's definition of expected primary payer. More information is available in HCUP Methods Series Reports by Topic "Population Denominator Data for Use with the HCUP Databases" (multiple documents; updated annually).

Discharge/encounter counts for expected payer and numerator counts for age, sex, community-level income, and patient location are summarized by discharge quarter. For records where the discharge quarter is missing, the value is imputed based on the average quarterly discharge distribution in the United States between 2005 and 2014, as follows:

  • Inpatient - quarter 1: 23 percent; quarter 2: 25 percent; quarter 3: 27 percent; quarter 4: 25 percent
  • ED - quarter 1: 24 percent; quarter 2: 25 percent; quarter 3: 26 percent; quarter 4: 25 percent

For age, sex, community-level income, and patient location, denominator counts are consistently defined with the numerator (i.e., rates for females use HCUP counts and population counts specific to females). Population data are obtained from the Claritas, a vendor that compiles and adds value to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Claritas estimates intercensal annual household and demographic statistics for geographic areas.

The rate of inpatient stays or rate of ED visits includes the HCUP number of stays or ED visits in the numerator and the U.S. resident population in the denominator (with a multiplier of 100,000).

Annualized quarterly rates are calculated as the quarterly count of inpatient stays or ED visits divided by one-fourth the annual population, times 100,000. Rates are suppressed for confidentiality when numerator counts are less than 26.

Information based on quarterly data from less than a full year should be considered preliminary. Quarterly data will be replaced by quarterly counts from the State's complete annual SID for the year, when it is available.

The number of years of data reported for each individual State and the United States depends on the availability of the underlying HCUP database. For example, the HCUP nationwide databases for the most recent data year can only be created after all of the necessary State databases are available. State-level data are included in Fast Stats when they become available.

The discharge/encounter counts and numerator counts are available in the exported data file, which can be downloaded by expanding "Show Data Export Options." Counts are rounded to the nearest 50 discharges or visits, with any counts less than 26 suppressed for confidentiality. The exported data file also includes rates calculated on an annual rather than quarterly basis for trends of opioid-related inpatient stays and ED visits reported overall and by age, sex, community-level income, and patient location.

Interactive Map

The opioid-related hospital use map provides annual rates of opioid-related inpatient stays or ED visits per 100,000 population. States are color-coded to identify each State's opioid-related inpatient or ED rate relative to the distribution across all States providing data in 2015. States are classified into one of five groups based on the distribution of rates in 2015: lowest 20 percent, 2nd lowest 20 percent, middle 20 percent, 2nd highest 20 percent, highest 20 percent. The five groups are defined separately for opioid-related inpatient and ED rates. States in grey do not have data available; this may include States that are not currently HCUP Partners, do not provide the specific data type (e.g., ED) to HCUP, are not participating in Fast Stats, or participate but have not provided data for the year displayed.

Inpatient Stays

State-level statistics on inpatient stays are from the HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID) and quarterly data if available. The SID are limited to patients treated in community hospitals in the State. Community hospitals are defined as short-term, non-Federal, general, and other hospitals, excluding hospital units of other institutions (e.g., prisons). Included among community hospitals are obstetrics and gynecology, otolaryngology, orthopedic, cancer, pediatric, public, and academic medical hospitals. Excluded are community hospitals that are also long-term care facilities such as rehabilitation, psychiatric, and alcoholism and chemical dependency hospitals.

We adjust the discharge counts for hospitals that were not included in the SID or quarterly data. Across all States, the SID are missing about 7 percent of community hospitals and about 1.5 percent of discharges. Weighting for missing hospitals uses the following information from the American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey of Hospitals to define strata within the State:

  • Ownership: government, private nonprofit, and private investor-owned
  • Size of the hospital based on the number of beds: small, medium, and large categories defined within region
  • Location combined with teaching status: rural, urban nonteaching, urban teaching

If a stratum is missing one or more hospitals in the State data, then we set the discharge weight to the total number of discharges reported in the AHA divided by the total number of discharges in the State data. If all hospitals in a stratum are represented in the State data, then we set the discharge weight to 1. We also adjust the discharge weights for hospitals that have missing discharge quarters of data, provided there is no indication in the AHA Annual Survey that the facility had closed.

Discharge weights are specific to the data year for SID through 2013 (e.g., discharge weights for the 2013 SID use 2013 AHA data). Weighting for HCUP data starting in 2014 is based on AHA data from the prior year because current information is often unavailable (e.g., discharge weights for the 2014 SID use 2013 AHA data).

National statistics on inpatient stays are from the HCUP National (Nationwide) Inpatient Sample (NIS). The NIS is sampled from the HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID). Beginning with the 2012 data year, the NIS is a 20 percent sample of discharges from community hospitals, excluding rehabilitation and long-term acute care (LTAC) hospitals, participating in HCUP in that data year. For data years 1988 through 2011, the NIS was a 20 percent sample of community, nonrehabilitation hospitals and included all discharges within sampled hospitals. The national estimates on inpatient stays presented in this section of Fast Stats were developed using the NIS Trend Weight Files for consistent estimates across all data years (e.g., LTACs were removed from earlier data years using trend weights).

Emergency Department Visits

Emergency department (ED) visits are defined as ED encounters that do not result in a hospital admission to the same hospital (i.e., treat-and-release ED visits).

State-level statistics on ED treat-and-release visits are from the HCUP State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD). The SEDD are limited to patients treated in community hospital-owned EDs in the State.

We adjust the ED visit counts for hospital-owned EDs that are missing from the SEDD. Across all States, the SEDD are missing about 5 percent of EDs and about 2 percent of ED visits. Data from the following data sources are used to weight for missing information: the American Hospital Association (AHA) Survey of Hospitals and the Trauma Information Exchange Program (TIEP) database, a national inventory of trauma centers in the United States collected by the American Trauma Society. Weighting for missing EDs uses the following information to define strata within the State:

  • Ownership: government, private nonprofit, and private investor-owned (AHA)
  • Location: large metropolitan, small metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural (AHA)
  • Teaching status: nonteaching and teaching (AHA)
  • Trauma center designation: levels I, II, and III (TIEP)

If a stratum is missing one or more EDs in the State data, then we set the weight to the total number of ED visits reported in the AHA divided by the total number of ED visits in the State data. If all EDs in a stratum are represented in the State data, then we set the discharge weight to 1. We also adjust the discharge weights for EDs that have missing quarters of data, provided there is no indication in the AHA Annual Survey that the facility had closed.

Discharge weights are specific to the data year for ED visits through 2013 (e.g., discharge weights for the 2013 ED visits use 2013 AHA data). Weighting of HCUP data for ED visits starting in 2014 is based on AHA data from the prior year because current information is often unavailable (e.g., discharge weights for the 2014 ED visits use 2013 AHA data).

National statistics on ED treat-and-release visits are from the HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS). Treat-and-release records were selected from the NEDS using the HCUP data element HCUPFILE, which identifies the source of the ED record: the HCUP State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) or the HCUP State Inpatient Databases (SID). All records where HCUPFILE was equal to SEDD are included in this analysis, that is, inpatient admissions from the ED were excluded since these cases are represented in the NIS.

Age

Age refers to the age of the patient at admission. Discharges or visits missing age are excluded from results reported by age.

It should be noted that beginning with the transition to the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding system on October 1, 2015, a noticeable jump in the rate of opioid-related inpatient stays was observed for adults aged 65 years and older in most States. Additional information regarding this pattern is available on the HCUP-US Web page for ICD-10-CM/PCS Resources in the report Preliminary Case Study: Exploring How Opioid-Related Diagnosis Codes Translate from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM.

Sex

All nonmale, nonfemale responses are set to missing. Discharges or visits with missing values for sex are excluded from results reported by sex.

Community-Level Income

Community-level income is based on the median household income of the patient's ZIP Code of residence. Quartiles are defined so that the total U.S. population is evenly distributed across four groups. The cut-offs for the quartile designation are determined annually using ZIP Code demographic data obtained from Claritas, a vendor that compiles and adds value to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Claritas estimates intercensal annual household and demographic statistics for geographic areas. The value ranges for the national income quartiles vary by year. Income quartile is missing if the patient is homeless or foreign. Discharges missing the income quartile are excluded from results reported by community-level income.

Patient Location

Patient location is based on the six-category, county-level scheme developed by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to study the relationship between urbanization and health:

  • Large central metropolitan: Counties in metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) of 1 million or more population that contain the entire population of the largest principal city of the MSA, have their entire population contained in the largest principal city of the MSA, or contain at least 250,000 inhabitants of any principal city of the MSA
  • Large fringe metropolitan (suburbs): Counties in MSAs of 1 million or more population that did not qualify as large central metropolitan counties
  • Medium metropolitan: Counties in MSAs of populations of 250,000 to 999,999
  • Small metropolitan: Counties in MSAs of population less than 250,000
  • Micropolitan: Counties in micropolitan statistical areas
  • Noncore: Nonmetropolitan counties that did not qualify as micropolitan
In the NCHS scheme, the rural counties are divided into micropolitan and noncore categories, but in this section of Fast Stats, these two categories are combined into a single rural category in order to preserve results when cell sizes are too small. For rates prior to 2014, the NCHS classification is based on population density from the 2000 Census. Starting in 2014, the NCHS classification is based on population density from the 2010 Census.

In the 2007 Rhode Island SID, the reporting of patients residing in counties designated as large central metropolitan was inconsistent with prior and subsequent years. Therefore, the fluctuation between 2006 and 2008 in the inpatient rates for opioid-related inpatient stays by urban-rural location should be considered an anomaly.

Expected Payer

The "expected payer" data element in HCUP databases provides information on the type of payer that the hospital expects to be the source of payment for the hospital bill. Trends in inpatient and ED visit counts are provided by the following expected primary payers: Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance, and the uninsured. Discharges and ED visits with other, missing, or invalid expected primary payer are not reported in Fast Stats reporting by payer. These excluded records typically represent approximately 3 to 6 percent of all discharges or visits.

Patients identified as uninsured have an expected primary payer of self-pay, charity, and no charge. Uninsured patients may also include those with an expected payer of Indian Health Services, county indigent, migrant health programs, Ryan White Act, Hill-Burton Free Care, or other State or local programs for the indigent when those programs are identifiable in the Partner-provided coding of expected payer. This reclassification of patients is only possible for some States and not for national estimates. More information on identifying programs reported in HCUP data that may cover the uninsured is available in HCUP Methods Series Reports by Topic "User Guide - An Examination of Expected Payer Coding in HCUP Databases" (multiple documents; updated annually).

It should be noted that in certain data years and for certain States, data anomalies are identified that may impact the observed trends in inpatient stays and ED visits by expected primary payer:

  • In the New York SEDD prior to 2011, the coding of expected primary payer did not distinguish between patients covered by commercial managed care plans and patients covered by Medicaid managed care plans. Because of this ambiguity in the payer coding, ED visits for patients with Medicaid managed care plans are reported under private insurance in this section of Fast Stats. Starting in 2011, the expected payer coding in New York data separately identifies Medicaid managed care patients and therefore ED visits for these patients are reported under Medicaid.
  • In the Texas 2004-2011 SID, some Medicare records were incorrectly mapped to private insurance. Thus, the counts for Medicare are slightly underreported and the counts for private insurance are slightly overreported. This impacts roughly 1.5-3.5 percent of SID records between 2004-2011.
  • In the Nebraska SID and SEDD prior to 2016, some Medicaid managed care patients may have been categorized in the data under private insurance instead of Medicaid because the Medicaid program was managed by a commercial insurance company. Beginning with data year 2016, there are large increases in the number of Medicaid records and proportionate decreases in records categorized as private insurance because the Nebraska Partner organization improved the process for the identification of patients covered by Medicaid managed care programs managed by commercial insurance companies.
  • In the Vermont 2015 SID and SEDD, increases in Medicaid should be considered an anomaly. Vermont briefly modified their billing process in late 2014, which led to increases in records with a primary expected payer value of Medicaid. In 2016 data, the coding of Medicaid returns to a normal level that is consistent with historical data.

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