Posts tagged with 'complications'

From the TMC blog: Hospital charges still all over the map

You can get from New Jersey to Maryland in less than an hour, but despite the proximity, New Jersey hospitals, on average, charge 3-4 times more than Maryland hospitals for both vaginal and cesarean births. This is just one of the notable facts gleaned from Childbirth Connection’s analyses of the latest maternity charges data. Although the data do not show whether higher charges reflect better care, researchers who look at price variation generally find no relation between prices and the quality of care, complexity of patient care needs, or costs of actually delivering care. Such unwarranted price variation amounts to billions in wasted spending across the health care system, according to a February report from Thomson Reuters that looked at various hospital procedures.

New charts compiled by Childbirth Connection (PDF) show the significant price variation across states that report average labor and birth hospital charges to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). The chart set also includes average prices charged by birth centers, which fall well below charges for uncomplicated vaginal births in hospitals. State-by-state analyses (PDF) show charges increasing year-to-year, and reveal differences by mode of birth and presence or absence of complications.

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Filed in Blog, Costs - Charges - Value on Wed., May 9, 2012

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From the TMC blog: Are 94% of births really complicated? An analysis of recent AHRQ data

Have you heard? 94% of U.S. births involve some kind of complication. That was the headline-inducing take-away from a statistical brief prepared by researchers at AHRQ’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) in May. Childbirth Connection prepared an analysis of the brief and shared our response with HCUP staff, who expressed appreciation and invited our input and feedback on forthcoming reports. We continue to see the statistical brief referenced without the necessary context, so we are sharing our response more widely. Please share your thoughts in the comments, and let us know how you think HCUP data can best be used to improve maternity care quality and value. If you could write the next statistical brief on maternity care, what data would you be interested in presenting?

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Filed in Blog on Wed., Jul 20, 2011

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