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Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

The project, run by Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences at Dartmouth Medical School, highlights the wide variations in how health care is delivered across the United States. Online tool provides comparisons by geographic region (HSAs or HRR) for Medicare healthcare use (data through 2005). While the tool is easy to use, the conceptual understanding of the reports requires technical sophistication

Hospitalizations - HCUP-US Statistical Briefs (2009 data)

AHRQ published about 11 briefs in 2012 regarding kidney stones, hospital ambulatory surgery, Emergency Department visits, hospitalizations by older adults, heart attack readmissions, obesity, post-surgical readmissions by community income levels and more. Average charges or estimated true cost (2009 data) and average length of stay sometimes shown in the tables; death rate sometimes shown. From the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Additional reports continue to be added; more than 100 older briefs also indexed

Statistical Abstract 2012: Health Utilization, Expenditures, Diseases  Editor's Pick

US Census Bureau's National Data Book presents statistics on health expenditures and insurance coverage, healthcare workforce, injuries, diseases including 5-year cancer survival rates, disability status, nutritional intake of the population, and food consumption. Average hospital cost per day in 2009 was $1853, or $10,043 per stay (tables 173 & 174); average cost per state is shown. Data in Excel or pdf

Trends in Medical Fitness

The Medical Fitness Association, a nonprofit association representing hospital- or physician-sponsored medical fitness centers, has prepared a brief compilation of trends in the medical fitness industry. List from January, 2006

Trendwatch Chartbook 2009

American Hospital Association (AHA), 130 pages+, published Spring 2009. See Chart 1.29 for 2007 operating margins of insurance company giants Aetna, WellPoint, United HealthCare, Cigna and Humana - compared to HMO median of 2.7% (2006). Details at Hoovers. Excellent charts, except no reference to healthcare quality trends

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2010 Healthcare Trends in America (BCBSA)

Published by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association; a set of graphs showing national healthcare trends, with brief commentary in areas such as insurance coverage and costs, total health service spending, improving quality and safety, consumer health statistics, and newer delivery models

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Summary Data Tables

All summary tables from the two components of the most recent MEPS: Household Component and Insurance Component. Find out medical care use, and employer-based health insurance coverage

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