Performance Improvement 2004. HCUP Quality Indicators


This proposal extended work that was being conducted on the first two modules of the next generation of Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Quality Indicators (QI) developed by Stanford University. The development of reliable and valid QI for HCUP is a high priority and this proposal aided in this effort. The current validation proposal was funded to evaluate approximately 45 measures developed by Stanford. The project validated approximately 30 additional measures that are currently being developed by Stanford focusing on complications or adverse medical events. Overall, all users agreed that the tool was easy to use, had lots of good choices, and had a nice layout. According to one user, “The most saving grace of [this tool] is that a lot of us downloaded that info from AHRQ, and it is extremely cumbersome. That’s why I am so thrilled with this.” Users were eager to learn about the availability of the final product, requesting Utah Department of Health staff to inform them as soon as the tool becomes available. In addition to positive feedback, participants suggested a number of creative improvements for data display and tool functionality that would better meet their needs.

PIC ID: 7672
Agency Sponsor: AHRQ, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Federal Contact: Elixhauser, Anne, 301-594-6815
Performer: Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, NC

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