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Average Cost of Hospital Stay, 2012 (Medical, Surgical, Maternity)

Average cost for a hospital stay in 2012 was estimated at $10,700. (Charges were higher, but not revealed.) Surgical stays averaged $21,200. Medical stays averaged $8500, and Maternity $4300 including the baby's cost. A hospital stay for a child ages 1 to 17 was nearly $10,000. Statistical Brief #181, published October 2014

Average Cost of Hospital Stay, 2012 (Uninsured and Medicaid)

Statistical Brief #182 shows an estimated average true cost of $8800 (expect prices to be two to 4 times higher) for hospitalizing an uninsured patient. Average private pay stay was $9700 in cost. Average age of an uninsured admission was 39, almost 2 1/2 yrs older than a private pay patient. Almost 54% were male. Excluding childbirth, the most common reasons for admission were mood disorders (#!) and skin infections (#2, a potentially avoidable admission). Medicaid characteristics also shown. Published by AHRQ with HCUP data, Oct. 2014

Archived - Bariatric Surgery (for weight loss) - Average Cost 2004

Statistical Brief #23 from AHRQ identified high growth in bariatric surgeries up to 2004. (By 2009, volume declined.) Average 2004 cost per surgery (e.g. gastric bypass) estimated at $10,395. Length of stay at 5 days; 82% of patients were female. Survival rates have improved, with reported death rates reduced to 0.19% in 2004. About 121,055 weight loss surgeries were done in 2004. Report released January 2007; archived for reference only

Average Charge (Price) for Uterine Fibroid Treatment (2013)

Report: Procedures to Treat Benign Uterine Fibroids in Hospital Inpatient and Hospital-Based Ambulatory Surgery Settings, 2013. Average price in 2013 was $28,000 for inpatient surgery, or $25,200 for ambulatory surgery for benign fibroids. Most common surgical treatments: hysterectomy, myomectomy, embolization, and endometrial ablation. Statistical Brief #200 by AHRQ, pub. January 2016

Average Cost and Hospital Length of Stay for Pressure Ulcers (pdf)

Pressure ulcers, or decubitus ulcers (commonly called bed sores) rose nearly 80% between 1993 and 2006, according to the AHRQ government agency. Average estimated cost was $16,800 for hospitalization primarily for pressure ulcers in 2006 (often associated with paralysis, spinal cord injury, dementia, diabetes); 4.2% of these patients died in the hospital. Most pressure ulcer cases however had some Other main reason for being admitted - such as septicemia, pneumonia, or urinary tract infections; 11.6% of these patients died in hospital; average est. cost was over $20,000. Average length of stay was 12.7 to 14.1 days, compared to 5 days for other types of adult admissions. Statistical Brief #64 published December 2008

Average Cost of Common Hospital Stays, 2009 (HCUP)

Learn about the average cost per stay for the 20 conditions with the highest total inpatient costs in 2009. Includes newborn baby ($2800), septicemia ($18,500), osteoarthritis ($14,800), coronary atherosclerosis ($16,100), acute myocardial infarction (heart attack, $18,200), congestive heart failure ($10,400), pneumonia ($9000), stroke ($13,400), COPD ($7400, physical rehab ($11,800), diabetes with complications ($8700), hip fracture ($14,300), heart valve disorders ($36,700) and more. Average for all diagnoses was $9200. These numbers are estimated costs, NOT prices. From Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, AHRQ Oct. 2011. No updates available

Back Problems: ER Visits and Average Cost of Hospital Stay (AHRQ)

Statistical Brief #105 shows average estimated cost of a hospital stay for back problems was over $14,000 in 2008 for a 2-day stay (primary diagnosis), or $11,000 for an average 4.3 day length of stay, if the back problem was just one of other diagnoses for admission. Actual charges would have been higher. Average age for an Emergency Dept. visit for a back problem was 44. Report by AHRQ (respected federal gov't. agency), Feb. 2011

Bariatric Surgery Overview and Estimated Costs

Federal government summary of different types of weight-loss surgery estimates average cost is $15,000 to $25,000 (2016). By the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of NIH

Diabetes Hospitalizations, average cost & length of stay, 2008

Admission to a hospital in 2008 for a principal diagnosis of diabetes cost an average of $8612 (estimated true cost - note, prices would have been higher), and required a 5.0 day length of stay. Average age was 53, with 72% coming through the Emergency room (ED). AHRQ Statistical Brief #93 published Aug. 2010

Healthcare Expenses for Seniors (MEPS 2011 data)

Special report on Health Care Expenditures for the Elderly Age 65 and over, shows median annual expenditures were $4206. Average expenses for those with expense were $9863 in 2011. Medicare paid over 62% (up considerably from 10 years ago); private insurance paid 16%; out-of-pocket amount declined to 12%. 96% of seniors had some healthcare expense, most often office-based care and prescribed medicines. Medications took up 22% of the total, averaging $76 per purchase. For seniors, the inpatient room rate averaged $3199 per day (sticker shock); ER visit was $884 on average; office visit was $228. MEPS Statistical Brief #429, Jan. 2014

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

Iowa Hospital Charges Compare provides information about volumes and average 2010-2011 charges (amount billed) at IA hospitals. Select one hospital to begin. Site allows 4 hospitals to be compared at one time for prices, length of stay, number of cases and more. Must select city first, then body system before finding the procedure. Provided by the Iowa Hospital Association, this is a starting point for comparing average cost of care between Iowa hospitals. Compare typical prices for surgery such as gall bladder removal, bowel surgery, knee joint replacement; childbirth and newborns, pneumonia, stroke, heart care, transplants, COPD, psych, rehab, and most medical conditions. Severity of illness can be specified. Consumers will need to inflate old prices to estimate current charges

Knee replacement, Hip replacement, Spinal fusion: Cost, Age, Survival (pdf)

Statistical Brief #34 by AHRQ shows national estimated average hospital cost for knee arthroplasty (knee replacement) was $13,200 in 2004 dollars; hip replacement average cost = $14,500, and spinal fusion was $19,600. (Prices would be higher; physician fees NOT included here.) Overall average age for orthopedic inpatient procedures was age 60, but spinal fusion much younger (age 52), and knee replacement (age 66), & hip replacement (age 70) were much higher. Average length of stay (ALOS), survival rates (percent died in hospital) and trends since 1997 also shown. Released July 2007, using 2004 and 2005 data

Septicemia - Average Hospitalization Cost, 2009

Admission to a hospital in 2009 for a principal diagnosis of septicemia cost an average of $18,500 (estimated true cost - note, prices would have been higher), and required a 8.8 day length of stay. Many died in-hospital (16.3%), down from 2000. Average age at admission was 60. AHRQ Statistical Brief #122 published Oct. 2011. Footnote: in 2013, Septicemia was the 2nd most common reason for hospitalization, after births.

Stroke Hospitalizations - Average Cost, Survival Rate, Length of Stay (pdf)

AHRQ Statistical Brief #51 shows average estimated cost (using cost-to-charge ratios) for types of stroke and other cerebrovascular disease admissions, including carotid endarterectomy, at $9500 per hospital stay in 2005. Almost 2/3 came through the ER. Most common was ischemic stroke, estimated cost $9100, 5.6 day length of stay, 5.9% died in-hospital. Those with hemorrhagic stroke stayed 8.4 days on average, $19,500 estimated cost, 25.1% death rate. More than 40% of stroke patients were discharged to a nursing home or rehab facility. Transient cerebral ischemia (mini-stroke) costs were $5200 per stay, 3 days in-hospital. National statistics published May 2008

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Hospitalizations - HCUP-US Statistical Briefs (2013 data)

AHRQ published 20 briefs since Jan. 1, 2015 regarding Emergency Department visits, hospital outpatient surgery, psychiatric readmissions, OR procedures, chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes, mental health and substance use, mastectomies, uterine fibroids and more. Average charges or estimated true cost (2012 or 2013 data) and average length of stay sometimes shown in the tables; death rate sometimes shown. From the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Additional reports continue to be added; more than 100 older briefs also indexed

Readmissions to hospital in 30 days - 2013 data

Hospital readmissions are an important measure for assessing performance of the health care system. One strategy for improving health care quality and lowering costs is to reduce rates of preventable readmissions. Statistical Brief #199 presents data on hospital readmissions within 30 days following an initial hospitalization. From 2009 to 2013, the readmission rate for all payers combined stayed at about 14.0 per 100 admissions. Companion Brief #196 shows readmission rates by health condition. Pub. Dec. 2015

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