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Cost of a Standard Hospital Stay
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CSHS; also known in other CIHI publications as "cost per weighted case (CPWC)"

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This indicator measures the ratio of a hospital's total acute inpatient care expenses to the number of acute inpatient weighted cases related to the inpatients for which the hospital provided care.
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Cost of a standard hospital stay is an indicator that measures the relative cost-efficiency of a hospital's ability to provide acute inpatient care. This indicator compares a hospital's total acute inpatient care expenses to the number of acute inpatient weighted cases related to the inpatients that it provided care for. The result is the hospital's average full cost of treating the average acute inpatient. A high cost of a standard hospital stay indicates a relatively high cost of treating the average acute inpatient; a low cost of a standard hospital stay indicates that the cost of treating the average acute inpatient is relatively low.
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Health System Outputs: Efficiently delivered

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Getting Better

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Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories

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National, Province/Territory, Region, Facility, Others: This indicator is calculated at the hospital level and aggregated to the regional, provincial/territorial and national levels.

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This indicator measures the ratio of a hospital's total acute inpatient care expenses to the number of acute inpatient weighted cases related to the inpatients for which the hospital provided care.
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The indicator is calculated by dividing the facility's total inpatient cost by its total acute inpatient weighted cases (obtained from the Discharge Abstract Database), excluding day procedures.

Unit of Analysis: An acute inpatient weighted case

The indicator is expressed as the total inpatient expenses incurred to produce a weighted case. The indicator is calculated by fiscal year.

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Place of service

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Ratio

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The following covariates are used in risk adjustment:
See Cost of a Standard Hospital Stay Methodology document for the methodology for determining total inpatient expense.

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The range of acceptable values is 1st quartile (25th percentile) − 1.5 × IQR to 3rd quartile (75th percentile) + 1.5 × IQR, where IQR stands for the interquartile range. Values outside of this range are removed from regional, provincial/territorial and national averages.

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Description:
The denominator includes total acute inpatient weighted cases (obtained from the Discharge Abstract Database), excluding day procedures.
Exclusions:
Day procedures

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The numerator is the total inpatient cost for the facility. The methodology for determining the total inpatient cost is found in the Cost of a Standard Hospital Stay Methodology document.

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CMDB, DAD

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Type of Year:
Fiscal
First Available Year:
2012 2014
Last Available Year:
2016 2018

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Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories

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National, Province/Territory, Region, Facility, Others: This indicator is calculated at the hospital level and aggregated to the regional, provincial/territorial and national levels.

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