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Figure 1. Example of data that could be used to place providers into tiers

Consumer Financial Incentives: A Decision Guide for Purchasers

Hospital cost per discharge and mortality rate

Graph depicts mortality rate vs. cost in 2001 among a subset of hospitals. Select Text Description below for details.

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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Hospital cost per discharge and mortality rate

Graph shows distribution of data points for hospital cost per discharge and mortality rate. Horizontal axis shows "Risk-adjusted mortality (Z-value), 2001", with values ranging from -5 at bottom to 6 at top, with 0 (zero) near the center. Vertical axis shows "Severity adjusted cost (Z-value), 2001" with values ranging from -4 at left to 6 at right, with 0 (zero) near the center. Data values are shown as a cloud of points clustered around 0,0 near the center of the graph.

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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Current as of November 2007
Internet Citation: Figure 1. Example of data that could be used to place providers into tiers: Consumer Financial Incentives: A Decision Guide for Purchasers. November 2007. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality-resources/value/incentives/incentivesfig1.html