Measure Type: Cost
Minnesota’s Hospital Association (MHA) offers a hospital price check system, which offers consumer price information about local hospitals. Hospital prices for the 50 most common inpatient hospitalizations and the 25 most common same-day procedures have been used in their data intake. According to the MHA, all patients are charged the same price for the same services received by the hospitals. The final out-of-pocket bill varies for patients based on their insurance plans, length stay, and level of illness.
Data sources are derived from MHA. Minnesota’s Hospital Association uses the Health Care Cost Information System (HCCIS) database to store their raw data. The reports are updated quarterly. The results do not include separate physician charges- only the cost for the hospital services.
There is also another section on the website listed as ‘Hospital Quality’. It consists of quality information on Minnesota’s hospital performance. They illustrate process data on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. They also receive their data from Minnesota’s Hospital Association and from Stratis Health (Minnesota’s Quality Improvement Organization), with quarterly updates. There are 20 quality care measures utilized for reports on Minnesota’s hospitals.
They also use an appropriate care measure (ACM), which illustrates whether a patient received all the appropriate care. ACM compares patients (individually) to their episode of care. This is different from quality of care measures, which look at how often certain practices of care have been consumed.
Minnesota’s Hospital Price Check is currently working on adding new measures. They may include ‘rural-relevant’ measures and patient satisfaction results.