Figure 1. Example of data that could be used to place providers into tiers
Hospital cost per discharge and mortality rate
Note: Figure depicts mortality rate vs. cost in 2001 among a subset of hospitals participating in the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). Hospital performance is assessed in terms of risk-adjusted mortality rates and risk-adjusted total cost of care. Those hospitals that provide high quality care at a low cost are those providers in the lower left hand corner of the Figure.
Data source: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) State Inpatient Databases (SID) for 10 States (over 1,300 hospitals). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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