AHRQ Stats: Outpatient Surgery
Of 14.4 million hospital visits involving surgery in 2012 across 28 states, just over half (53 percent) occurred in outpatient settings, while the remainder (47 percent) were inpatient. Nearly all hospital-based surgical procedures related to the eye (99 percent) and ear (92 percent) were outpatient. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Statistical Brief #188: Surgeries in Hospital-Owned Outpatient Facilities, 2012.)
Lauren M. Wier, M.P.H., Claudia A. Steiner, M.D., M.P.H., and Pamela L. Owens, Ph.D.