Category: Division of Health Care Statistics

PODCAST: The Toll of COVID-19 on Physician Practices

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The COVID-19 pandemic took a major toll on the U.S. health care system. In a new report released on September 28, data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey were used to examine how COVID-19 impacted physician practices around the country. Joining us to discuss that new study is Zach Peters, a health statistician with the NCHS Division of Health Care Statistics. Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Residential Care Communities that Use Electronic Health Records, by Community Bed Size — United States, 2016 and 2020

From 2016 to 2020, the percentage of residential care communities using electronic health records increased from 26% to 41%. The percentage using electronic health records increased from 28% to 41% for 11–25 bed communities, 35% to 54% for 26–50 bed communities, 43% to 71% for 51–100 bed communities, and 50% to 74% for more than Read More >

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QuickStats: Distribution of Emergency Department Visits Made by Adults, by Age and Number of Chronic Conditions — United States, 2017–2019

During 2017–2019, 38.5% of adult emergency department visits were made by patients with no chronic conditions, 22.9% made by those with one, 15.3% made by those with two, and 23.3% made by those with three or more chronic conditions. The percentage of adult emergency department visits made by patients with no chronic conditions or one Read More >

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NCHS Releases New Reports on Adult Day Service Centers and Residential Care Communities

New NCHS reports look at national estimates of selected characteristics of residential care community residents and participants of adults day service centers from the 2018 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers. Read More >

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New COVID-19 Hospital Data

NCHS has released new National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS) data from 50 hospitals submitting inpatient and 47 hospitals submitting ED Uniform Bill (UB)-04 administrative claims from March 18, 2020–December 29, 2020.  Even though the data are not nationally representative, they can provide insight on the impact of COVID-19 on various types of hospitals throughout the country. Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Office-Based Primary Care Physicians Accepting New Patients, by Source of Payment Accepted

Overall, 88.9% of primary care physicians reported that they accepted new patients. However, acceptance varied by the patient’s expected payment source: 94.2% of physicians accepting new patients accepted privately insured patients, 77.4% accepted new Medicare patients, and 71.6% accepted new Medicaid patients. The percentages of primary care physicians accepting new Medicaid or Medicare patients were Read More >

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AJPH Article and Podcast on Surveillance and Survey Methods

In the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), there is a new section called Surveillance and Survey Methods, authored by Denys Lau, PhD, Acting Director, Division of Health Care Statistics that will publish peer-reviewed articles that describe the latest designs and methodological novelties that established programs have adopted to improve data collection, analysis, Read More >

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National Hospital Care Survey Demonstration Projects: Traumatic Brain Injury

A new report from NCHS examines traumatic brain injury (TBI) encounters in various hospital settings. While the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS) data used were not nationally representative, the results presented are consistent with previous research studies. Analyses were conducted to highlight the tremendous analytical capabilities of NHCS, capabilities that have not been available before in previous surveys. New Read More >

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Report examines racial differences in nursing homes

In 2004, 11% of the 1.3 million nursing home residents aged 65 and over in the United States were black. Recent research suggests that black nursing home residents may be more likely than residents of other races to reside in facilities that have serious deficiencies, such as low staffing ratios and greater financial vulnerability. The Read More >

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Outpatient surgeries increase in the U.S.

The number of outpatient surgery visits in the United States increased from 1996 to 2006, from 20.8 million to 34.7 million visits. Outpatient surgery visits accounted for about one half of all surgery visits in 1996 but nearly two thirds of all surgery visits in 2006. A new report from NCHS, “Ambulatory Surgery in the Read More >

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Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

New report shows EMR are being used by more office-based physicians than ever. In 2006, 29.2 % of office-based physicians reported using full or partial EMR systems, this shows an increase of 22% since 2005 and 60% increase since 2001. See full report here! Read More >

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