TABLE OF CONTENTS

HIGHLIGHTS

INTRODUCTION

HCUP PARTNERS

1. OVERVIEW

2. DIAGNOSES

3. PROCEDURES

4. COSTS

5. MHSA

SOURCES/METHODS

DEFINITIONS

FOR MORE INFO

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

CITATION

FACTS & FIGURES 2008 PDF
EXHIBIT 1.2 Inpatient Hospital Stays and Average Length of Stay (PDF)

Number of inpatient hospital stays and average length of stay, 1993 through 2008. Column chart and line chart. Number of discharges in millions. 1993: 34.3; 1994: 34.1; 1995: 34.2; 1996: 34.2; 1997: 34.7; 1998: 34.9; 1999: 35.5; 2000: 36.4; 2001: 37.2; 2002: 37.8; 2003: 38.2; 2004: 38.7; 2005: 39.2; 2006: 39.5; 2007: 39.5; 2008: 39.9. 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.

The average length of stay in U.S. community hospitals stabilized beginning in 2000, while the number of hospital stays continued to slowly rise.

  • The average length of stay (ALOS) in 2008 (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 2008, the number of discharges grew by 5.6 million (an average of 1.0 percent annually).
  • Growth in the number of discharges changed over the course of the 15-year period.
    • From 1993 to 1998, the number of discharges remained stable, increasing by only 0.6 million (an average of 0.3 percent annually).
    • Between 1998 and 2003, the number of discharges grew quickly, increasing by 3.3 million (an average of 1.9 percent annually).
    • In the last period, 2003 to 2008, growth again stabilized and the number of discharges increased by 1.7 million (an average of 0.9 percent annually).


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Internet Citation: Facts and Figures 2008. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). October 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/factsandfigures/2008/exhibit1_2.jsp.
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