Tutorial: HCUP Fast Stats: State Trends in Inpatient Stays by Payer

  1. On the map landing page, select the State from the list, or click the State on the map.
    • An asterisk next to the State name indicates that it is a Medicaid expansion State.
  2. The graph activity page automatically loads with the default trend graph for all available calendar quarters, showing -
    • For the selected State,
    • For all adults,
    • The total number of discharges (inpatient hospital stays),
    • By expected source of payment, with separate lines for Medicare, Private insurance, Medicaid, and Self-pay/No charge
  3. Change one or more selections to see different results.
    • State
    • Hospitalization Type (broad service lines - injury, surgical, maternal, mental health/substance use, and medical; and a few select medical conditions)
    • Separate or Combined statistics for Medicaid and Self-Pay/No Charge
  4. Click Refresh to request the new graph after changing selections.
  5. Make a selection on the right side of the screen to conduct a side-by-side comparison.
    • Try viewing the same State, two different hospitalization types.
    • Try viewing the same State, the same hospitalization type, and ask for Medicaid and Self-Pay/No Charge to be combined instead of separate.
    • Try comparing the same hospitalization type for two different States.*
  6. Always click Refresh to get the results for your modified selections.
Supporting information is available by clicking the plus sign buttons below the graphs:
Open"Show Health Insurance Expansion Information for These States"
Open"Show Underlying Data Tables"
Open"Show Data Notes & Methods"
Open"Show Data Export Options"
Open"Show Tutorial and FAQ Links"

* The Y axis of each graph represents the best scale for the maximum number of hospitalizations for that State for that hospitalization type. Be aware of differences in the Y axis when comparing graphs: the scale will not necessarily be comparable. This is particularly true when comparing the same statistic for two different States. The Y axis for a State with a large population may rise from 0 to >100,000, whereas the Y axis for a less populous State might cover 0 to 40,000 or less. It is not possible to visually equalize the Y axis scale between disparate States without losing meaningful resolution for less populous States. The actual numbers are provided in the underlying tables if further calculations are needed for scaled comparisons or percentages.

Internet Citation: HCUP Fast Stats - Tutorial for HCUP Fast Stats - State Trends in Inpatient Stays by Payer Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). December 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/faststats/statepayer/tutorial.jsp.
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Last modified 12/12/19