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Health Care Information Center

Smiling Female DoctorWelcome to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Health Care Information Center. Health care is very individualized to patient needs and patient care. As consumers, it is important that we all have access to reliable information about health care costs and quality to assist in making the best, most informed decisions.

The center provides performance and outcome information on hospitals in Kentucky, as well as information about quality of care. Additionally, we will provide measurements of how well preventive care efforts are working to reduce the number of inpatient stays in Kentucky hospitals.

Hospital Information

Quality Indicators, Utilization and Charges for Services

Quality indicators provide hospital-by-hospital comparisons on selected, nationally-recognized measures from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AHRQ Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs) measure the quality of care provided by hospitals by summarizing the frequency and outcome of selected inpatient procedures. These indicators are risk-adjusted to more fairly compare performance across hospitals serving patients of differing risk mixtures. AHRQ Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs) are a set of measures that can be used to identify ambulatory care sensitive conditions, which are conditions for which good outpatient care can potentially prevent the need for hospitalization, complications or more severe disease. AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) reflect quality of care inside hospitals, as well as across geographic areas, to focus on potentially avoidable complications and adverse events.

Download the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Fact Sheet.

The quality indicator reports, maps of avoidable hospital stays, county and hospital rates of hospital use and charge information presented on this Web site were created using software developed by AHRQ and the Department for Health and Human Services which is called MONAHRQ. For more information click the following link:

Quality Indicator, Utilization and Charge for Services information via MONAHRQ

For more information about PQI rates and how Kentucky counties compare to national rates click the following link:

Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs) as compared to National Rates

For more information about hospital charge information, the Kentucky Hospital Association provides hospital charge information by the top Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs). DRG is a classification of hospitalization types based on the patient’s medical condition, procedures performed (if any) and, in some cases, the age and/or sex of the patient. Other information includes average length of stay, median age of patient and number of discharges by DRG. To learn more click the link below:

Kentucky Hospital Association Hospital Charge Information

Other Resources

Hospital Compare

Created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Hospital Quality Alliance, Hospital Compare has quality measures for how often hospitals provide some of the recommended care to get the best results for most patients.

Access Hospital Compare.

Value-Driven Health Care Homepage

Visit the federal government Internet home for information and resources related to health care transparency and value-driven health care.

Better Care, Lower Cost booklet from the Department for Health and Human Services.

 

Last Updated 1/15/2013
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