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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 2.2: National Complications of Care, 2002

Deaths per 1,000 admissions in low mortality DRGs (DRGs with a NIS 1997 benchmark of less than 0.5% mortality, excluding trauma, immunocompromised, and cancer patients), by patient and hospital characteristics, United States, 2000
  Adjusted rate a
Population group Estimate Standard error
Total 0.424 0.013
Patient characteristic
Age groups for conditions affecting any age
  0-17 0.496 0.008
  18-44 0.487 0.010
  45-64 0.901 0.027
  65 and over 3.206 0.033
Age groups for conditions affecting primarily elderly
  65-69 1.531 0.065
  70-74 2.088 0.066
  75-79 2.517 0.070
  80-84 3.790 0.086
  85 and over 7.756 0.096
Gender
  Male 0.433 0.029
  Female 0.312 0.016
Median income of patient zip
  Less than $25,000 0.445 0.058
  $25,000-$34,999 0.399 0.030
  $35,000-$44,999 0.482 0.027
  $45,000 or more 0.401 0.019
Location of patient residence
  MSA 0.433 0.014
  Non-MSA 0.383 0.035
Location of inpatient treatment
  Northeast 0.435 0.033
  Midwest 0.390 0.029
  South 0.439 0.021
  West 0.424 0.026
Expected payment source
  Private insurance 0.333 0.014
  Medicare 0.890 0.094
  Medicaid 0.435 0.018
  Other insurance 0.308 0.073
  Uninsured/self pay/no charge 0.501 0.050
Hospital characteristic
Ownership/control
  Private, not-for-profit 0.422 0.016
  Private, for-profit 0.388 0.040
  Public 0.468 0.035
Teaching status
  Teaching 0.428 0.023
  Non-teaching 0.422 0.016
Location of hospital
  MSA 0.440 0.014
  Non-MSA 0.332 0.039
Bedsize
  Less than 100 0.340 0.045
  100 - 299 0.388 0.021
  300 - 499 0.465 0.025
  500+ 0.492 0.028

Rates are adjusted by age, gender, age-gender interactions, comorbidities, and DRG clusters.a

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, Nationwide Inpatient Sample.

Table 2.1: National Complications of Care, 2002 Table 2.3a: National Complications of Care, 2002

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