AHRQ Tool Gives Access to Hospital Discharge Data

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A new free tool from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality enables analysis of data on hospital discharges.

The service, called Fast Stats, includes all-payer data on discharges in 2014 from 17 states, showing the number of discharges paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurers and the uninsured, and covering services such as surgical, mental health, maternal, injury and medical, according to AHRQ.

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The information can support analysis of the effects of Medicaid expansion, hospital utilization and payment sources, among other issues. “For example, the tool shows that in Colorado, a Medicaid expansion state, there was a 50 percent increase in Medicaid-covered hospital stays during the first nine months of 2014, while uninsured hospital stays declined 90 percent,” according to the agency. “In contrast, Missouri, which did not expand Medicaid, experienced no significant changes in hospital stays for Medicaid or uninsured patients.”

Fast Stats includes data from AHRA’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project to conduct analyses for about 40 states according to payer groups. The overall service currently has data for at least one quarter of 2014 data from 17 states and three or four quarters of 2014 data from 11 states. Fast Stats is available here.

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