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New HCUP Statistical Brief: Hospital Stays Among Children

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A new Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief #299: Overview of Hospital Stays Among Children and Adolescents, 2019 found that among 5.2 million pediatric hospitalizations in 2019, most (76.7 percent) were for newborns and infants under 1 year of age. This age group accounted for 60.5 percent of aggregate pediatric hospital costs. Highlights from the brief include:

  • The average length of stay (LOS) and average cost of pediatric hospitalizations varied by patient age group, primary expected payer, and State:
  • By age, costs were lowest for neonates ($5,700) and highest for infants under 1 year of age ($24,100).
  • By expected payer, among neonatal stays, LOS and costs were lowest for self-pay/no charge (2.6 days and $2,700) and highest for Medicaid (4.3 days and $6,500).
  • By State, LOS and costs were lowest for Wyoming (2.1 days and $3,100) and highest for the District of Columbia (5.3 days and $18,600).
  • Respiratory conditions were common reasons for hospitalization among younger children, whereas mental disorders were common reasons among older children.
  • Acute bronchitis was the most common principal diagnosis for children under 5 years of age (excluding liveborns).
  • Depressive disorders were the most common principal diagnoses among children aged 10 years and older.

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