News and Notes
Patient survival after heart attack in the hospital has improved
Patients’ survival following a heart attack in the hospital has improved since 2001, according to AHRQ projections. The in-hospital death rate is projected to fall to 5.4 percent by the end of 2012 compared with 9.9 percent in 2001. (Source: HCUP Projections: Cardiovascular/ Cerebrovascular Conditions and Procedures 2011 to 2012, which can be viewed at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/projections/2012-02.pdf.
Hospital admissions and emergency department visits for influenza rose from 2008 to 2009
Hospital emergency department visits for influenza increased from 491,900 in 2008 to 1,281,700 in 2009 and hospital admissions for influenza rose from 88,300 to 163,200. (Source: HCUP Statistical Brief 147, Emergency Department Visits and Hospital Inpatient Stays for Seasonal and 2009 H1N1 Influenza, 2008-2009, which can be viewed at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb147.pdf .
Hospital stays grow by 12 percent, but costs jump 62 percent
Hospital stays increased by 12 percent between 1997 and 2010, but their cost jumped 62 percent—from $232 billion to $376 billion. You can read the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief #144, Overview of Hospital Stays in the United States, 2010, at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb144.pdf.
Hospital admissions projected for hip replacement
Hospital admissions of patients needing hip replacement for the first time were projected to reach 440,000 by the end of 2012, at a cost of $19,000 per patient. Two-thirds of the hip replacement admissions were due to osteoarthritis. (Source: HCUP Projections: Mobility/Orthopedic Procedures 2011 to 2012, which can be viewed at http://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/projections/2012-03.pdf.
Fewer rural than urban blacks had preventive care visits in 2009
Only 58 percent of blacks living in rural areas of the United States saw a doctor in 2009 for a routine preventive care visit compared with 70 percent of their urban counterparts. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #383: Preventive Health Care Utilization by Adult Residents of MSAs and non-MSAs: Differences by Race/Ethnicity, 2009, which can be viewed at http://meps.ahrq.gov/mepsweb/data_files/publications/st383/stat383.shtml.