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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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Composites, Benchmarks and Geographic Variation

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  • AHRQ development of indicators of key concepts critical to inform efforts to improve performance
  • Composites:
    • A limited number of key indicators enables view of overall patterns
    • Can "drill down" to understand variation
  • Benchmarks:
    • Top percentiles (hospitals; nursing homes; geographic areas; systems) provide targets
    • Goal: Improve and narrow the distribution between leading/lagging
  • Geographic variations and cross-cutting analyses

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