Hospital Burden of Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays
Hospital Burden of Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays, a statistical brief from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, focuses on the hospital burden of opioid-related hospitalizations by hospital urban-rural location.
The dramatic rise in hospitalizations related to taking opioids (defined as abuse, dependence, or use) and associated conditions place an increased burden on hospitals to be able to manage, treat, and potentially help minimize opioid-related problems for their patients.
- In 2016, hospitals located in metropolitan areas had a higher average rate of opioid-related inpatient stays than did hospitals located in rural areas adjacent to metropolitan areas (rural-adjacent) or rural-remote areas (30.8 vs. 20.1 and 16.2 per 1,000 stays, respectively).
- Metropolitan hospitals had higher average hospital rates of opioid-related inpatient stays than rural-adjacent and/or rural-remote hospitals in most divisions, but in New England rates were high regardless of hospital location.
- Rural-remote and rural-adjacent hospitals were more likely to have no opioid-related cases (19.3 and 11.6 percent, respectively) compared with metropolitan hospitals (4.3 percent).
- Based on hospital bed size and occupancy level, the lowest opioid burden was among small hospitals regardless of location (11.7 to 14.9 per 1,000 stays) and the highest opioid burden was among metro hospitals with high occupancy levels (33.5 to 34.6 per 1,000 stays).
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