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Mortality Measurement

Presentations from a November 2008 meeting to discuss issues related to mortality measures.


Cosponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

November 3, 2008

Cambridge, Massachusetts

8:00-8:30Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:50Welcome from AHRQ and IHI; Goals for the Day
Speakers: Don Berwick, Carolyn Clancy, and Don Goldmann
8:50-9:20Background and Historical Perspective on Mortality Measurement
Speakers: Steve Jencks and Amy Rosen
9:20-9:35The Need for a National Mortality Measure: NQF's Rationale and Requirements
Speaker: Janet Corrigan

Presentation and Discussion of Individual Mortality Measures

  • Eugene Kroch
  • Brian Jarman
  • Mark Keroack and Steve Meurer
  • Jack Hughes
  • David Foster

Note: 30 minutes allocated per measure (15 minutes for presentation; 15 minutes for clarifying questions)

12:20-12:45Working Lunch
12:45-1:15Challenges and Opportunities of a 30-Day Mortality Measure
Speakers: Harlan Krumholz and Sharon-Lise Normand
1:15-1:45Aggregate Versus Diagnosis-Specific Risk-Adjusted Mortality
Speakers: David Shahian and Barry Straube
1:45-2:30Discussion on Mortality Measurement
Brent James and Cathy Schoen, Reactors

Work at Tables
Two Groups:

  1. How Hospitals Could Use Aggregate Mortality Measures To Drive Improvement in Quality and Safety
    Nancy Foster, Facilitator and Rapporteur
  2. How Consumers Could Use Aggregate Mortality Measures To Inform Dialog With Providers and Choice of Hospital
    Jim Conway, Facilitator and Rapporteur
4:00-4:30Mortality Measurement in the EMR Era: What Real-Time Lab and Clinical Data Can Contribute to Precision and Prediction
Speakers: Gabriel Escobar and Marta Render
4:30-5:00Next Steps and Potential Research Studies To Accelerate Adoption of a National Mortality Measure (or Measures)
Speaker/Facilitators: Evan Benjamin and Eugene Nelson
5:00Meeting Adjourns

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Page last reviewed March 2009
Internet Citation: Mortality Measurement. March 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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