NCHS to Launch New National Hospital Care Survey

The National Center for Health Statistics will launch a new survey that it hopes will help paint a clearer picture of today's health care environment and address a broad range of policy and research questions that will be important in making health care and policy decisions in the future. The National Hospital Care Survey, which will be phased in over several years, will examine encounters of care across inpatient and outpatient settings, emergency departments and ambulatory surgery centers.

NCHS representatives will reach out to executives at 500 hospitals across the country requesting their participation in the new survey. Participating hospitals will be asked to electronically transmit their Uniform Bill-04 administrative claims for all hospital discharges. In 2013, NCHS will expand the data collection to include visits to emergency departments and hospital-based freestanding ambulatory surgery centers. As hospitals adopt electronic health records, NCHS, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will accept electronic files from hospital medical records for all components of the survey.

05-10-2011 04:27 (EDT)