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Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

The project, run by Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School, highlights the wide variations in how health care is delivered across the United States. Online tool provides comparisons by geographic region (state, HSAs or HRR) for Medicare healthcare use (data through 2015). While the tool is relatively easy to use, the conceptual understanding of the reports requires technical sophistication

Hospitalizations – HCUP-US Statistical Briefs

AHRQ published nearly 20 briefs since 2018 regarding opioid-related hospital stays and Emergency Department visits, including opioid stays for seniors; hospital ambulatory surgery, mental health and substance use hospital stays, adverse safety events, readmissions, pediatric hospital stays and ER visits, heart problems, atrial fibrillation, and more. Average charges or estimated true cost (most use 2016 or older data) and average length of stay are sometimes shown in the tables; death rate sometimes shown. From the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Additional reports continue to be added; more than 200 older briefs also indexed

Trends in Health Fitness

American College of Sports Medicine lists findings from their worldwide survey of fitness trends for 2019. Survey sent to personal trainers and other health fitness professionals; 6% response rate (more than 2000 responses). Wearable technology and Group training were the top 2 trends. Published Nov-Dec 2018 issue of Health & Fitness Journal

Trendwatch Chartbook 2018

American Hospital Association (AHA), 150 pages, published 2018. See Chart 1.29 for 2015 operating margins of insurance company giants Aetna, Anthem, United HealthCare, Cigna and Humana – compare to managed care plan average of 5.1% (2015) or 7.4% 2015 hospital operating margin (noting however, that 23% of hospitals had negative operating margins.) Overall health expenditures reported at 17.9% of GDP in 2016. Very helpful charts, though examine the scale carefully. No reference to healthcare quality trends. Most charts contain 2016 or more recent data. Published May 2018.

Statistical Abstract 2012: Health Utilization, Expenditures, Diseases

US Census Bureau’s National Data Book presents statistics on health expenditures and insurance coverage, healthcare workforce, injuries, diseases including 5-year cancer survival rates, disability status, nutritional intake of the population, and food consumption. Average hospital cost per day in 2009 was $1,853, or $10,043 per stay (tables 173 & 174); average cost per state is shown. See Health and Nutrition section. Abstract is no longer updated after 2012, but charts may be updated by the government and shown in other websites.

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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Summary Data Tables

The Medical Expenditure Panel Survey has a set of summary data tables. All summary tables from the two components of the most recent MEPS: Household Component and Insurance Component. Find out medical care use, and employer-based health insurance coverage

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