Measure Type: Volume
Utah’s department of health data committee has collected data from 48 hospitals to illustrate similarities on inpatient discharges. There are 39 acute care hospitals, 3 psychiatric hospitals, 5 specialty hospitals, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center utilized for this inpatient report. The reports include information on billing, medical, and demographic variables of a patient. The data is updated quarterly from several formats (i.e. electronically).
The percentages used to define the results may be skewed due to the type of the hospitals being viewed. For example smaller hospitals will have a lower amount of patients as opposed to a larger hospital. The case-mix index (CMI) is an outcome measure, which adjusts the length of stay, total charges, and the level of illness of each hospital. The document explains whether the CMI is high/low, the location of the hospital (urban/rural), and the type of hospital (i.e. acute). The difficulty in viewing the results is factoring the different levels of illness each patient has at the time of admissions. A patients’ medical history along with age and gender also influences the amount of treatment and length of stay for an individual.