Category: health care

Rural and Urban Hospitals’ Role in Providing Inpatient Care

In 2010, 17% of the U.S. population lived in rural (nonmetropolitan) areas. Disparities in health care access between rural and urban areas have been documented. Rural hospitals not only provide inpatient care, but also emergency department, outpatient department, long-term care, and health care coordination . Rural hospitals may have difficulty remaining financially viable. Medicare payment Read More >

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National Leaders in Health Research to Address National Conference on Health Statistics

Dr. Harold Luft

Three nationally recognized leaders in the fields of health care research, statistics, and policy will deliver keynote addresses to the 2012 National Conference on Health Statistics, held August 6-8, at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C.  The Conference is a biennial event produced by NCHS.   Dr. Harold Luft, of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Read More >

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A brief look at homicide

Health care use: 1.8 million emergency department visits for assault – National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2006 Mortality: Number of deaths from homicide: 18,124 Deaths per 100,00 population: 6.1 Firearm homicide deaths: 12,352 Deaths per 100,000 population: 4.2 –Deaths: Final Data for 2005 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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Food allergies on the rise among U.S. children

  More Highlights from Data Brief #10: In 2007, approximately 3 million children under age 18 years (3.9%) were reported to have a food or digestive allergy in the previous 12 months. From 1997 to 2007, the prevalence of reported food allergy increased 18% among children under age 18 years. Children with food allergy are two Read More >

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