142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

Annual Meeting Recordings are now available for purchase

Inpatient Hospital Costs Explorer

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 1:10 PM - 1:30 PM

Jene Grandmont, MA , HealthLandscape, American Academy of Family Physicians, Cincinnati, OH
Mark Carrozza, MA
Michael Topmiller, PhD , HealthLandscape, American Academy of Family Physicians, Cincinnati, OH
Sean Finnegan, MS , Robert Graham Center, American Academy of Family Physicians, Washington, DC
The recent outpouring of large-scale health data collections, the US Government’s contribution to the growing ‘big data’ era , has fostered a need for innovative ways to manage, analyze, and utilize the data to deal with complex issues, particularly related to health care costs.  The IP Hospital Costs Explorer is an interactive data visualization and analysis experience using two datasets: Medicare Provider Charge Data (Inpatient) and Hospital Compare Patient Survey Results Data. The tool enables researchers, clinicians, patients, and caregivers to compare amounts charged by individual hospitals within local markets and nationwide for services that might be furnished in connection with a particular inpatient stay. Users immediately see whether a hospital has high, medium, or low inpatient costs, designated by red (high), yellow (medium), or green (low) circles displayed on a map. When users click on a specific site, flyout menus appear that give more detail about the cost of specific covered charges, allowing easy comparison of costs among hospitals. Users can also compare hospitals based on patient survey results. This is particularly helpful when DRG-related costs are similar between two hospitals. Statistical analysis tools allow users to explore the relationships between hospital costs and county-level health indicators.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Analyze the relationship between hospital cost and county-level health outcomes Compare hospitals both within and between regions

Keyword(s): Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Health Disparities/Inequities

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As a sociologist, I am well-versed in issues of health disparities. I have been working in the area of geographic health disparities for over a decade. This particular presentation represents a combination of my education in and experience with geographic differences in health care costs and health care outcomes.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.