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AHRQ pilot project finds hybrid data sets can improve hospital quality reporting

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A hybrid data set that combines clinical laboratory data with administrative claims improved the measurement of risk-adjusted hospital performance, according to an AHRQ-funded pilot project conducted by the Minnesota Hospital Association. In addition, the hybrid data set improved the ability to compare risk-adjusted mortality and complications across the 13 Minnesota hospitals where the project was conducted. The report, “Harnessing the Power of Enhanced Data for Healthcare Quality Improvement: Lessons from a Minnesota Hospital Association Pilot Project,” provides recommendations on how to collect hybrid data sets. It was published in the November/December 2012 issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management.

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