News Brief: AHRQ’s releases 1998, 1999 hospital statistics

The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released 1998 and 1999 hospital inpatient data for the country, regions, and selected states this month. For the first time, it also includes statistics from the Kids’ Inpatient Database — the only hospital administrative data set specifically designed for analyzing the use of hospital services by newborns, children, and adolescents. HCUPnet enables users to identify, track, analyze, and compare statistics on the inpatient care of Americans.

Since its launch two years ago, the tool has provided answers to thousands of questions about hospital care, including the leading reasons for admission, the most expensive surgical procedures, the proportion of stays for diabetes that are covered by Medicaid, the proportion of children’s stays that are not covered by insurance, and the trend in the number of coronary artery bypass grafts over the past several years.

AHRQ also announced three further upgrades to HCUPnet. These are:

  • Instant Tables — commonly requested statistics users can obtain instantly without having to go through HCUPnet’s query system.
  • The National Bill — quick access to aggregate charges for diagnoses and procedures, telling users the total national bill for specific diagnoses and procedures.
  • The ability to specify ranges of ICD-9-CM codes instead of having to request each ICD-9-CM code individually.

The National estimates used in HCUPnet are based on data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS).

The 1998 and 1999 NIS data are available on CD-ROM with accompanying documentation for $160 each from the National Technical Information Service at (800) 553-6847 or (703) 605-6000. The 1998 NIS product number is PB2001-500092 and the 1999 NIS product number is PB2002-500020.