#465 Using Patient-level Billing Data to Measure Continuity of Care in Saskatchewan and Alberta

The event will start on: Feb 11, 01:00pm EST
And will end on: Feb 11, 02:30pm EST


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The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) recently released two reports that use linkable patient-level physician billing data to examine the importance of continuity in primary and in acute care in Saskatchewan and Alberta. This presentation aims to provide an overview of these studies, and other studies across CIHI that use these data to measure health system performance in both provinces.
The agenda for the presentation includes:
a) Introduction to patient-level physician billing data collection at CIHI
b) Overview of the two continuity of care reports described below
c) Other CIHI reports using patient-level billing data – past and future
d) Questions and ideas for future CIHI work/partnerships

The continuity of care studies are:
Physician Follow-Up After Hospital Discharge: Progress in Meeting Best Practices, March 2015 - This report uses newly acquired physician billing data, hospital discharge data and ambulatory care data to examine the rates of 7- and 30-day physician follow-up for patients treated for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in Alberta and Saskatchewan It contains information by province and health region, as well as patient, physician and hospital/community factors affecting follow-up rates. The report was released in March 2015 and may be found here.

Continuity of Care With Family Medicine Physicians: Why It Matters, April 2015 - This study uses physician billing data, hospital discharge data and emergency department data from 2007 to 2013 to look at the relationship between continuity of care with a single family medicine physician and the use of avoidable hospital services in Saskatchewan and Alberta. In particular, the study focuses on hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs) and visits to the emergency department for family practice sensitive conditions (FPSCs). The report was released in April 2015 and can be found at www.cihi.ca/phc.

Advisors on Tap:

Geoff Ballinger
Geoff Ballinger

Manager, Physician Information
Canadian Institute for Health Information


Xi-Kuan Chen

Xi-Kwan (Sean) Chen

Program Lead, Health System Research
Canadian Institute for Health Information

Yvonne Rosehart
Yvonne Rosehart

Program Lead, Physician Information
Canadian Institute for Health Information

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