Silver Book Fact

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 Aff. 2006; 25(6): 457-475. https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.25.w457

Reference

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

Categories

  • Today's Older Population

Related Facts

  • Half of U.S. adults receive recommended preventative care
    Based on patients’ reports, about 50% of U.S. adults receive all recommended clinical screening tests and preventative care, according to U.S. national guidelines.  
  • Centenarians in U.S. in 2004
    In 2004, there were an estimated 60,800 centenarians (those age 100 and older) in the United States.  
  • Mental disorders among older adults
    Currently, 25 percent of older Americans experience depression, anxiety, dementia, or other mental disorders. By 2030, the number is expected to double.  
  • Short stay hospital admittance of 65+ population, 2007
    In 2007, around 12.9 million Americans ages 65+ were discharged from short stay hospitals–a rate three times the comparable rate for persons of all ages.  
  • Increase in Americans aged 45-64 since 1996
    The population of Americans who will reach 65 over the next two decades, those aged 45-64, has increased 39% since 1996.