Medication that lowers blood pressure
Total charges divided by the number of patients for the selected service. Average charges can be significantly affected by a few unusually high or low charges.
Total number of inpatient days divided by total number of patients for the selected procedure. (Patients discharged on the same day they were admitted are considered to have stayed in the hospital one day.) Average length of stay reflects, in part, the medical complexity of the patients a hospital serves. Patients with more severe symptoms or complications will generally require longer hospital stays.
Total payments divided by the number of patients for the selected service. The average Medicare payment includes the base payment, diagnosis-related-group (DRG) for inpatient or Ambulatory Payment Classification for outpatient and, where applicable, additional payments for graduate medical education, indirect medical education, disproportionate share, and capital in accordance with Medicare payment policies.
Medicine used to treat high blood pressure and other heart conditions by reducing the heart rate and the heart's output of blood.
Always present or reoccurring medical condition usually lasting three months or more.
An additional problem that arises following a procedure, treatment or illness and is secondary to it.
A machine that uses a 360-degree X-ray beam and computer production of images, which shows a cross-sectional view of body organs and tissues.
Rural hospitals that have 25 beds or less. A critical access hospital (CAH) is a hospital that is certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. The reimbursement that CAHs receive is intended to improve their financial performance and thereby reduce hospital closures.
A DRG is one of 559 currently valid groups that classify patients into clinically cohesive groups that demonstrate similar consumption of hospital resources and length-of-stay patterns.
A procedure that requires a patient to be admitted to a hospital for treatment and to stay at least one night.
Type of three-dimensional radiation therapy using computer images to show the size and shape of a tumor.
A separate, clearly designated treatment area maintained within the facility solely for the care and treatment of patients who are critically ill.
Surgical replacement of a joint such as knee or hip.
The pumping function of the heart chamber supplying body circulation.
Abnormal activity of the left chamber of the heart often occurring following a heart attack and increasing the patient's risk for recurrent heart attacks, heart failure or other fatal events.
Specialty care hospitals designed for extended-stay patients with chronic conditions.
A machine that uses a large, powerful magnet to create images of blood vessels.
A noninvasive procedure using a large, powerful magnet that produces a two-dimensional view of an internal organ or structure.
There are 25 major diagnostic categories that are mutually exclusive groups based on principal diagnosis. The majority of MDCs are organized by major body system and/or are associated with a particular medical specialty.
An annual report required of all institutions participating in the Medicare program, which records each institution's total costs and charges associated with providing services, the portion of those costs and charges allocated to Medicare patients, and the Medicare payments received.
Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data is information abstracted from the Medicare claims record.
A procedure that allows the patient to go home the same day he or she was treated; also referred to as ambulatory.
Measuring the oxygen level in the blood.
Encompasses a variety of procedures used to treat patients with diseased arteries of the heart.
A shot to prevent pneumonia.
A specialized imaging method that generates three-dimensional colored images of the body.
An imaging technique measuring blood flow within the brain.
Medication used during a heart attack to dissolve clots that may block blood flow in the coronary arteries.