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U.S. hospitals continued to see downward trends in hospital utilization.

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA) compilation shows:

  • Hospital admissions have been falling since 2009. This trend carried into 2013 with a 2% decline to about 35.4 million compared with almost 36.2 million admissions reported in 2012.

The AHA also reported that, between 2012 and 2013:

  • The number of hospitals dropped by 37 to 5,686 from 5,723
  • The total number of beds decreased 0.7%, to 915,000 from 921,000
  • The nation’s average daily hospital census declined 1.3%, to 592,000 from 600,000
  • Hospital births have been dropping since 2008. In 2013, they dropped more than 0.1% to just under 3.75 million from 3.754 million in 2012
  • Outpatient visits, increased 1.2% to more than 787 million in 2013
  • In 2013, 20.4% of hospitals had a medical home program compared with 14.5% in 2011
  • Uncompensated care increased 1% to $46 billion in 2013 from $45.9 billion in 2012
  • Total hospital expenses increased almost 3.6% to $859.4 billion in 2013 from $829.7 billion in 2012

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