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Why use these indicators/measures?

 

APR-DRGs

Measures for average facility charge are All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (APR-DRGs) for similar, though not identical, kinds of gallbladder procedures in this report's quality of care section. APR-DRG software, widely used in health care research, organizes about 20,000 clinical diagnoses and procedures into about 300 groups.
Each APR-DRG has four severity of illness levels. This report shows average facility charge for minor and moderate severity of illness levels combined and average facility charge for major and extreme severity of illness levels combined.  APR-DRGs and severity of illness levels apply to inpatients but not to outpatients.  This report uses APR-DRG version 20.0.  

Note that other Utah Department of Health reports that include average charge information use APR-DRG Version 15.0 for data from 2004 and earlier.  Visit the 3M web site for more information

AHRQ Inpatient Quality Indicators

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a federal agency in charge of quality of care, developed the Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs) used in this report. The IQIs allow comparison among Utah inpatients and similar inpatients nationwide based on the State Inpatient Databases 2004 through the expected rate (or national rate). These databases represent about 90% of all inpatients in the U.S. from 38 participating states in 2004. The Health Care Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) collects these data every year.

The AHRQ IQIs are nationally recognized indicators, in compliance with the mandates of Senate Bill 132, the Health Care Consumer’s Report Bill passed in 2005.

AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a federal agency in charge of quality of care, developed the Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) used for the facility comparison reports when applicable. The PSIs allow comparison among Utah patients and similar patients nationwide based on the State Inpatient Databases 2004 through the expected rate. These databases represent about 90% of all inpatients in the U.S. from 38 participating states in 2004. The Health Care Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) collects these data every year.

The Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) are used as a tool to help identify potential adverse events occurring during hospitalization.  Adverse events are undesirable and unintended injuries due to medical care or omission of necessary medical care.  Widespread consensus exists that health care organizations can reduce patient injuries by improving the environment for safety.

The AHRQ PSIs are nationally recognized indicators, in compliance with the mandates of Senate Bill 132, the Health Care Consumer’s Report Bill passed in 2005.

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