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Characteristics of Inpatient Stays Involving Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C-related inpatient stays are presented among adults aged 18 years and older with and without key co-occurring diagnoses: hepatitis B, HIV, and alcoholic liver disease.

Trends in the number and population rate of hepatitis C-related stays from 2005 through 2014 are provided. Characteristics of hepatitis C-related stays in 2014 are presented by patient age group; with a focus on baby boomers. Finally, the rate of hepatitis C-related stays in 2014 is depicted by U.S. census division for each patient age group

  • In 2014, there were 636,900 adult hospitalizations involving hepatitis C. Stays involving hepatitis C only – without co-occurring hepatitis B, human immunodeficiency virus, or alcoholic liver disease – increased 48.9% between 2005 and 2014.
  • Average costs, length of stay, and proportion of in-hospital deaths in 2014 were all higher for stays involving hepatitis C than for stays without hepatitis C.
  • Black patients and those with Medicaid as the expected payer constituted a higher proportion of stays involving hepatitis C than stays without hepatitis C.
  • Baby boomers (patients aged 52-72 years) had the highest rate of inpatient stays involving hepatitis C in 2014: 503.1 per 100,000 population vs. 155.4 for younger patients and 117.1 for older patients.

For more info, see Ngo-Metzger et al. (2017). Characteristics of inpatient stays involving hepatitis C, 2005-2014. HCUP Statistical Brief #232. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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