National Hospital Care Survey launched

National Center for Health Statistics has launched the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS), which will describe national patterns of health care delivery in hospital-based settings and in freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, according to a release by the Centers for Disease Control.

The release states that NHCS will integrate data collected from the National Hospital Discharge Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey in order to provide national estimates of service use and allow policy-makers and researchers to study relationships between the organization and delivery of health care.

During the first two years of the survey, hospitals will be asked to provide data on all inpatients from their UB-04 administrative database, as well as hospital characteristics through a facility questionnaire. In 2013, besides the UB-04 data, the sampled hospitals will be asked to provide data on the utilization of health care provided in their emergency and outpatient departments, and ambulatory surgery locations. 

(Sources: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, May 3, 2011; Centers for Disease Control website, http://www.cdc.gov, accessed May 16, 2011)