The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) collects and analyzes data about hospital admissions through its Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). These statistics are valuable resources that providers and payers can use in their planning processes.
You can access the latest AHRQ stats publications through these hyperlinks:
- Obesity-Related Hospitalizations, 2004 vs. 2009: This analysis shows that from 2004 to 2009, hospitals stays among obese patients rose by 3%.
- Obesity in Children: Hospitalizations from 2000 to 2009: Interestingly, this analysis found that hospital stays by obese children doubled from 2000 to 2009.
- HCUP Projections: Mobility/Orthopedic Procedures 2011-2012: Based on the AHRQ’s projections, the number of first-time hip replacements will rise to approximately 440,000 in 2012, with an average cost of $19,000 per patient.