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Average response rate has been 82% for the past 5 years.
Data is estimated for non-reporting hospitals and incomplete responses based on their most recent information, computed from statistical models, or derived from data supplied by similar hospitals.
After processing, the data set is checked for drawing display and number of records and file sizes compared with source materials.
The latest version (Fiscal Year 2001) of the AHA Annual Survey of Hospitals is the primary source of hospital data for research data lists and healthcare profiles. Each year the American Hospital Association and Health Forum survey all the hospitals in the U.S., collecting more than 600 pieces of information on more than 6,000 hospitals.
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