July 29, 2015: AHRQ Releases New Tool Allowing Quick Access to Hospital Discharge Data
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality launched Fast Stats, a new online tool that allows users to analyze the latest state-by-state information on hospital discharges, including all-payer data on discharges in 2014 from 17 states.
Fast Stats draws on data from the Agency's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project and allows users to examine hospital stay information for approximately 40 states according to payer group. In addition to categorizing stays by broad condition categories, the tool provides hospital stay information about three specific medical conditions – diabetes, asthma and congestive heart failure.
The tool also provides information on the number of discharges paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, as well as the uninsured, for categories of conditions including surgical, mental health, maternal, injury and medical.
Information about hospital stays related to other conditions will be added over time, and statistics will be updated regularly as the newest data become available.