2010 National Inpatient Sample now available

The 2010 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) was released in June. The NIS is the largest inpatient care database in the U.S. and includes all patients, regardless of payer – covering Medicare, Medicaid, privately insured, and uninsured patients. 

The NIS is a powerful database that contains data from approximately 8 million hospital stays, drawn from more than 1,000 community hospitals in 45 states. NIS data can be weighted to produce national estimates, allowing researchers and policy makers to identify, track, and analyze national trends in health care utilization, access, charges, quality, and outcomes. 

The 2010 NIS is available for purchase through the HCUP Central Distributor. Select aggregated statistics can be accessed via HCUPnet.

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