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HCUP Facts and Figures 2009 - Section 1
Section 1: Overview Statistics for Inpatient Hospital Stays
TABLE OF CONTENTS

HIGHLIGHTS

INTRODUCTION

HCUP PARTNERS

1. OVERVIEW

2. DIAGNOSES

3. PROCEDURES

4. COSTS

5. WOMEN'S HEALTH

SOURCES/METHODS

DEFINITIONS

FOR MORE INFO

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

CITATION

FACTS & FIGURES 2009 PDF
SECTION 1: OVERVIEW STATISTICS FOR INPATIENT HOSPITAL STAYS


HIGHLIGHTS
  • The number of hospital stays increased from 34.7 million in 1997 to 39.4 million in 2009, a 14-percent increase overall, or an average annual increase of 1.1 percent. However, the rate of hospitalizations remained unchanged between 1997 and 2009: there were 1,278 hospital stays for every 10,000 persons in the United States in 1997 and 1,284 stays per 10,000 persons in 2009.
  • Between 1997 and 2009, the aggregate inflation-adjusted costs for hospitalizations—the actual costs of producing hospital services—increased 57 percent. Costs rose from $229.6 billion to $361.5 billion—an average annual increase of 3.9 percent.
  • 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.
  • In 2009, Medicare and Medicaid were the expected primary payers for more than half (57 percent) of all inpatient hospital stays (accounting for 14.7 and 8.0 million hospital stays, respectively).
  • Between 1997 and 2009, uninsured and Medicaid stays (both up 42 percent) grew at three times the rate of all stays.
  • The number of stays billed to Medicare grew by 17 percent from 1997 to 2009, while private insurance was unchanged.
  • The number of discharges to home healthcare grew by 68 percent between 1997 and 2009.
  • Uninsured and Medicaid stays accounted for over half (52 percent) of all stays discharged against medical advice, but only one-quarter (26 percent) of all other stays.
  • Persons residing in the poorest communities had a 19-percent higher rate of hospitalization in 2009 (1,420 stays per 10,000 population) than those residing in all other communities (1,189 stays per 10,000 population).


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Internet Citation: Facts and Figures 2009 - Section 1 Table of Contents. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). October 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/factsandfigures/2009/section1_TOC.jsp.
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