For Immediate Release
October 5, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Makes Hospital Discharge Data Analyses Available for Health Assessment

Topeka - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics (BEPHI) has released “Most Frequent Conditions Treated in Kansas Community Hospitals, Excluding - Maternity, The State of Kansas and the Counties, 2007-2009.”  This report is based on community hospital discharge data provided by the Kansas Hospital Association. 

Knowledge about the most frequent health conditions for which Kansans are discharged from Kansas community hospitals identifies priority populations to inform the initiation of community health assessment activities, design public health programs and develop public health policy. Community health assessment is a process many local health departments and all non-profit hospitals are starting as part of either national health department accreditation or hospitals meeting federal requirements.

As health departments and hospitals start the health assessment process, the report will serve as important data on the 20 most frequently treated conditions, excluding maternity, for the state and for each county. Data comparisons by county can help determine how hospital discharges vary by location. Demographic breakdowns are presented by age group, sex and race. 

Some state level findings include:

County level rankings show:

The report uses Diagnostic Related Groups (DRGs) and Major Diagnostic Categories (MDCs) to summarize information on causes of hospitalization. DRGs (Version 24) are summary groupings used to determine how much the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pays the hospital for Medicare-covered individual patient care. These groupings are based on primary and other accompanying diagnoses and procedure codes, age, sex, discharge status and the presence of health related complications. MDCs combine DRG summary groupings into more general health categories. 

The full report is available at www.kdheks.gov/phi/research.html. Contact Rachel Lindbloom of the KDHE/Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics (BEPHI) at 785-296-5281 with any questions about the report.