The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment as it redesigns its National Hospital Discharge Survey that has been conducted annually since 1965.

The survey, according to a notice published Jan. 5 in the Federal Register, "is the principal source of data on inpatient utilization of short-stay, non-Federal hospitals and is the principal annual source of nationally representative estimates on the characteristics of discharges, lengths of stay, diagnoses, surgical and non-surgical procedures, and patterns of use of care in hospitals in various regions of the country. It is the benchmark against which special programmatic data sources are measured."

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