03 November 2008

How do you compare?

The 2007 BESS data has been released. It's pretty hard to come by, as CMS makes it very difficult to access and interpret. Here's the breakdown for Emergency Medicine's E/M distribution, nationally:

Bear in mind that these are Medicare patients only, so there is an inherent right skew to this distribution. If you want to compare apples to apples, you'll need to suss out your own Medicare patients. Understand that Medicare uses this data, in part, to identify practices which are outliers and possibly noncompliantly coding their ED patients. So unless you are a unique practice (i.e. trauma center, etc), you do not want to be too far off the averages. "The nail that stands up gets hammered down," as the old saying goes.

There's state-by-state information published over at HealthCare Business Resources. Much thanks to them for taking the time and effort to pull out this information, and for generously sharing it with us.

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