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Risk-adjusted mortality ratios in hospitals

Based on 2000-2002 mortality rates for Medicare beneficiaries, there is a 33-percentage point spread between the risk-adjusted mortality ratios achieved in the best 10% of hospitals and the bottom 10%. If hospitals with mortality rates that are higher than expected brought deaths down to levels that were expected given their patient mix, the improvement would save approximately 17,000-21,000 lives per year.

Schoen, Cathy, Karen Davis, Sabrina How, and Stephen Schoenbaum. U.S. Health System Performance: A national scorecard. Health Affairs. 2006; 25(6): 457-475. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/25/6/w457

Reference

Title
U.S. Health System Performance: A national scorecard
Publication
Health Affairs
Publication Date
2006
Authors
Schoen, Cathy, Karen Davis, Sabrina How, and Stephen Schoenbaum
Volume & Issue
Volume 25, Issue 6
Pages
457-475
URL
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