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Care of Adults With Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders in U.S. Community Hospitals, 2004

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HCUP Fact Book No. 10

To help fulfill its mission of providing information on the U.S. health care system, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) develops and sponsors databases that include the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). Through HCUP, AHRQ has taken a lead in developing databases, software tools, and statistical reports to inform policymakers, health system leaders, and researchers at the Federal, regional, and State levels.

This Fact Book examines hospital care for adults age 18 and older with mental health or substance abuse problems who were treated for those conditions in community (as opposed to specialty) hospitals. Information on patient characteristics, length of stay for various conditions, and costs is presented as well as detailed statistics on stays related to dual diagnosis, suicide, and maternity care.

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By Pamela Owens, Ph.D., Megan Myers, M.S.W., Anne Elixhauser, Ph.D., Cindy Brach, M.P.P.


Executive Summary
Part I: Overview
     What Are the Common Reasons for Hospitalization, by Type and Diagnosis?
     How Do Stays Vary by Gender and Age?
     How Are Patients Admitted to the Hospital?
     What Is the Mean Length of Stay?
     How Much Do Hospital Stays Cost?
     Who Is Billed for Hospital Stays?
     Where Do Patients Go After They Are Discharged?
     What Percentage of Hospital Resource Use Is Attributable to MHSA Disorders?
Part II: Special Topics
     Dual Diagnosis Stays
     Suicide-Related Stays
     Maternal Stays
Source of Data for This Report
For More Information
Appendix A: Mapping ICD-9-CM Codes Into the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Clinical Classification Software (CCS-MHSA)
Appendix B: Adult Stays in U.S. Community Hospitals, Principal Diagnosis of Mental Health or Substance Abuse Disorder, 2004
Appendix C: Adult Stays in U.S. Community Hospitals, Most Common Principal And Secondary Diagnoses of Mental Health or Substance Abuse Disorder, by Gender and Age, 2004

AHRQ Publication No. 07-0008
Current as of January 2007


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