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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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Some Examples of Efficiency Measures

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Metric Perspective Outputs Inputs
Cost per episode Health plan Health service bundle (cross entity) Monetized total cost
Cost per discharge Health plan Health service bundle (win entity) Monetized toal cost
Cost per covered life Employer # employees with health insurance Premium price charged by plan
Cost per health improvement Medicare Change in functional status Total costs of care
Labor utilization Hospital (internal) Total number of discharges Total number of nursing hours
Productivity Physician (internal) Number of patients seen per year Total number of MD pt-care hours
Generic prescribing rate Health plan Number of days rx supplied Number of days generic rx supplied


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