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HCCI: Baseline Understanding of the Distribution of Hospital Care

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In a new analysis, the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) sought to inform the understanding of the distribution of care provided in hospitals and how it may be affected by the current public health crisis caused by the coronavirus, COVID-19.

HCCI describe utilization, length of stay, price per admission, and average price per day as metrics of how hospital resources are distributed among types of admission – the reason people stayed in the hospital overnight.

Using data from HCCI’s annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report, researchers focused on the subset of individuals under 65 who receive health insurance coverage through an employer. In recent years, spending on inpatient admissions for this group was approximately 20 percent of total health care spending.

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