How to Use HCUP to Create County-Level Statistics, Graphics, and Maps
The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is the Nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital data, including information on inpatient stays, ambulatory surgery and services, and emergency department visits.
AHRQ has released new HCUP county- and region-level statistics on hospital stays involving alcohol, opioids, and other drugs. Through tables, graphs, and maps, this community-level information can provide the focused view necessary to inform local health policy and improvements in the health care system.
With this new resource, users can access statistics from 32 participating States for years 2013 and 2014 by either total number of discharges or as a rate per 100,000 people. Additionally, statistics can be distinguished by several variables, including age group, sex, payer and type of stay, and by hospital costs/charges and lengths of stay.
For example, Cook County, IL, had an opioid-related hospitalization rate of 440 per 100,000 people in 2014. By contrast, Starr County, TX, had a rate for opioid-related hospitalizations of 18 per 100,000 people. Maps that showcase the statistics can also be generated:
To obtain county or regional statistics on Stays for Alcohol and Other Drugs, go to the HCUPnet starting page, and select "Create a New Analysis." You should then go through the following steps:
- Choose Community.
- Choose a Year.
- Choose your State.
- Choose Counties.
- Choose Diagnosis/Procedure.
- Choose Stays for Alcohol and Other Drugs.
- Agree to the terms of the data use agreement.
Ready to start your own search? Simply go to the HCUPnet starting page to begin.