Table 1Characteristics of hospital stays among near-elderly adults 55 to 64 years old compared to other age groups, 2007

45–54 years55–64 years65–74 years
Total number of discharges4,421,7004,713,1004,972,000
Percentage of all discharges in U.S. community hospitals11.2%11.9%12.6%
Rate of hospitalization per 1,000 population*101.7145.9253.4
Utilization characteristics
Mean length of stay, days4.85.25.4
Mean hospital costs$10,400$11,900$11,900
Aggregate national costs, billions$45.7$55.9$59.1
Percentage of aggregate costs13.3%16.3%17.1%
Percentage of elective admissions26.929.029.7
Percent discharged to home health care8.112.115.1
Percent discharged to long-term care7.410.817.6
Percent died in the hospital1.42.12.8
Patient characteristics
Gender (rate per 1,000 population*)
 Male100.8151.7266.4
 Female101.9140.4242.2
Community-level income (rate per 1,000 population*)
 Quartile 1 (poorest)135.6178.1276.9
 Quartile 2103.8148.0251.4
 Quartile 387.6129.2233.4
 Quartile 4 (wealthiest)72.0113.8221.4
Residence (rate per 1,000 population*)
 Large urban core110.7150.1248.6
 Large urban fringe (suburbs)87.5129.5232.1
 Small urban89.9131.1230.8
 Non-urban103.6152.9268.3
Region (rate per 1,000 population*)
 Northeast106.8151.9260.3
 Midwest103.2151.7276.9
 South111.6156.4263.7
 West80.4117.6204.7
*

Denominator data for rates were based on Claritas Population Estimates, 2007.

Source: AHRQ, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), 2007

From: Hospital Utilization among Near-Elderly Adults, Ages 55 to 64 Years, 2007

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