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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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Different Worlds of Efficiency Measures

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  • There is an almost total separation between the published studies of health care efficiency and the use of efficiency measures by providers, payers, and purchasers
    • Academic measures focus on multiple input/output models
    • Vendor measures focus on specifying outputs
  • Purchasers and health plans are generally using measures developed by vendors
    • Little independent testing of reliability and validity has been reported on these metrics

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