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Ambulatory Surgery in U.S. Hospitals, 2003

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HCUP Fact Book No. 9

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 summarizes and compares hospital-based inpatient and outpatient surgery information from 17 States based on data from two HCUP databases—the State Inpatient Databases and the State Ambulatory Surgery Databases. Detailed statistics on four surgical procedures influenced by technological advances and four procedures specific to certain populations are included.

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By C. Allison Russo, M.P.H.; Pamela Owens, Ph.D.; Claudia Steiner, M.D., M.P.H.; Justin Josephsen, M.A.


Executive Summary
Part I: Overview
     How Did Ambulatory and Inpatient Surgeries Compare?
     Who Obtained Ambulatory Surgeries?
     What Were the Most Common Ambulatory Surgeries?
     How Did Ambulatory Surgeries Vary by Gender and Age?
     Which Ambulatory Surgeries Were Associated With the Highest Charges?
     Who Was Billed for Ambulatory Surgical Visits?
Part II: Detailed Statistics for Selected Procedures and Populations
     Procedures Influenced by Technological Advances
          Hernia Repair
          Bariatric Surgery
     Ambulatory Surgeries Specific to Certain Populations
          Tonsillectomy and/or Adenoidectomy in Children
          Mastectomy in Women
          Hysterectomy in Women
          Transurethral Prostatectomy in Men
Source of Data for This Report
For More Information
Appendix: 2003 Statistics on Major Diagnostic and Therapeutic Ambulatory Surgeries in U.S. Hospitals, All-Listed

AHRQ Publication No. 07-0007
Current as of January 2007


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