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In 1994, ten of the state's 150 hospitals provided forty percent of the hospital care. With 7,000 empty beds statewide at any given time, mid-sized hospitals must either develop ways to keep patients from going elsewhere or else close.
A study conducted in 1980 examined inpatient utilization of nonfederal short-stay general hospitals by North Carolina residents. This report presents the hospital utilization rates for selected diagnosis groups and for selected surgical procedures by county of residents of the patients. Results show that county hospital use rates vary between Medicare patients and Medicaid patients.
In 1980 and 1981, data were collected by the State Health Planning Agency in North Carolina concerning emergency room utilization by Medicaid eligible patients. This report presents a summary of these data and analysis. Results show that high emergency room use is correlated with a low rate of use of primary care services.
In 1981, the highest North Carolina county hospital discharge rate was more than triple the lowest rate. Variation in general hospital utilization rates among the counties in North Carolina is depicted and analyzed. This article also serves as a brief review of the use of multiple regression and correlation analysis in health care studies.
This report examines the degree of multiple hospitalization in North Carolina for patients grouped by age, race, sex, diagnosis group, and hospital size. The results are compared to those found in other studies of multiple hospitalization.
Energy efficiency was discussed in tandem with factors important to patients. Just as critical as the treatments and equipment were two factors. They were the length of hospital stay (outpatient care was in greater demand) and sense of hospitality exuded by the physical environment and medical staff. Six examples of facilities, either in the Piedmont or Coastal regions, were featured: two hospitals; a children’s hospital; a cancer center; medical center; and research center.