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Estimating the out-of-hospital mortality rate using patient discharge data

Farsi, Mehdi ; Ridder, Geert

This paper is a case study of the use of public use administrative data for the estimation of empirical relations when key dependent variables are not available in the data. It is shown that the out-of-hospital mortality rates can be identified using the patient discharge data without post-discharge death records. Using data on the lengths of hospitalizations and out-of-hospital spells, the...

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Changes in hospital quality after conversion in ownership status

Farsi, Mehdi

This paper examines the effects of hospital conversions between For-Profit and Not-For-Profit forms on quality of medical care. The sample includes Medicare patients treated in California’s private hospitals from 1990 to 1998 for Acute Myocardial Infarction and Congestive Heart Failure. The results suggest that converted hospitals have experienced quality changes before conversion, which may...