The AHRQ Preventable Hospitalization Costs (PHC) is a software program that 1) maps selected AHRQ Quality Indicators (QIs) for a State, by county, and 2) estimates the cost savings associated with reducing the level of potentially avoidable hospitalizations. The tool assists health care decisionmakers in identifying communities for future interventions, such as improving preventive and primary care services or improving patient safety, and tracking the impact of such interventions over time. By overlaying residence data, the program shows where interventions can have the biggest impact for certain health plan enrollees or other target populations.
The PHC uses hospital discharge records as the basis to calculate the county level rates of each of the area-level indicators in two of the AHRQ QI modules: the Prevention Quality Indicators and Pediatric Quality Indicators. Go to: http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/mappingtool.htm to learn more.
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I can hear the cries now, but the reality is that if we can't find a public utility or public-private collaborative way to accomplish the goals then we are asking for HIE to go the way of other for-profit health industries. It is time for a little, "put-up or shut-up"!