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Hospital and Health Facilities Statistics

Organizations & Government Agencies

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

American Hospital Association. National organization representing hospitals and health care networks.

National Center for Health Statistics. Conducts surveys on inpatient and outpatient care. Newest survey is the National Hospital Care Survey.

Selected Resources

AHA Guide to the health care field. Chicago: American Hospital Association; 1997/1998- . Annual. Includes data for each hospital, organized by city and state.

Elixhauser A, Steiner C. Readmission to U.S. Hospitals by Diagnosis, 2010. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2013 Apr. (HCUP Statistical Brief; 153).

HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-Based Care in the United States, 2009. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project; 2011. 99 p. Data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample.

HCUP Statistical Briefs. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); No. 1, 2003 - . Series that presents descriptive statistics on a variety of specific, focused topics from data Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).

HCUPnet (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). This is the home page of HCUPnet, a free, on-line query system based on data from the AHRQ Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). HCUPnet provides access to health statistics and information on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization.

Hing E, Bhuiya F. Wait time for treatment in hospital emergency departments: 2009 [Internet]. NCHS Data Brief. 2012 Aug;(102):1-8. PubMed PMID: 23101886.

Hospital Compare (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid). This Web tool from CMS enables consumers to compare quality of care at over 4000 Medicare-certified hospitals. Quality care measures include timeliness of care, readmissions, complications, 30-day mortality rate, and use of medical imaging. Consumers can also access Nursing Home Compare, Physician Compare, Home Health Compare, Dialysis Facility Compare, and Medicare Plan Finder.

Hospital Statistics. Chicago: American Hospital Association; 1998- . Annual. Also available on CD. This reference is used to compare and analyze trends in U.S. hospitals going back as far as 1946. See the AHA Guide to the Health Care Field for data on specific facilities.

National Hospital Care Survey (National Center for Health Statistics). This new survey will integrate data previously collected by the National Hospital Discharge Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. It will include inpatient, emergency department, outpatient department, and ambulatory center data. No data available as of 2013 June 1.

National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) Publications and Reports (National Center for Health Statistics). This survey was conducted annually from 1965-2010. Discharge data are from nonfederal, short-stay hospitals in the U.S. Data include patient characteristics, average length of stay, diagnosis, procedures performed.

Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project). This database was developed as part of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) sponsored by the AHRQ. It is the largest publicly available all-payer inpatient care database in the United States, containing data from approximately 8 million hospital stays each year. Available for a fee for research and statistical purposes from the HCUP Central Distributor. User agreement required.

NCHS Reports Using Ambulatory Health Care Data (National Center for Health Statistics). This page provides a list of reports on such subjects as physician office visits, hospital outpatient department visits, hospital emergency department visits, medication therapy in ambulatory care, and use of electronic medical record systems.

Pfuntner A, Wier LM, Steiner C. Costs for Hospital Stays in the United States, 2010. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project; 2013 Jan. 11 p. (HCUP Statistical brief; 146).

Pfuntner A, Wier LM, Stocks C. Most Frequent Conditions in U.S. Hospitals, 2010. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project; 2013 Jan. 11 p. (HCUP Statistical Brief; 148).

Pfuntner A, Wier LM, Stocks C. Most Frequent Procedures Performed in U.S. Hospitals, 2010. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project; 2012 Feb. 9 p. (HCUP Statistical Brief; 149). Weiss AJ, Elixhauser A, Steiner C. Readmission to U.S. Hospitals by Procedure, 2010. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project; 2013 Apr. 17 p. (HCUP Statistical Brief; 154).

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