Benchmarks of Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calculates quarterly benchmarks of care, based on hospital data submitted to its clinical data warehouses.

These benchmarks were developed using the Achievable Benchmarks of Care™ (ABC) methodology and are based on the reported performance of the top facilities. ABC benchmarks identify superior performance and encourage performance improvement; they are data-driven, peer-group performance feedback.

ABC Methodology

Developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), this methodology identifies benchmark care levels achieved by "best-in-class" providers. Development of benchmarks that are realistic and achievable serves to motivate providers to improve care. The benchmarks represent a measureable level of excellence that exceeds average performance. The ABC methodology ensures both that all superior providers contribute to the benchmark as well as that providers with high performance, but very low numbers of cases do not unduly influence benchmark levels.

Determination of the Benchmarks for Continuous Variable Measures

For the determination of the 90th percentile (or, top 10 percent) of hospitals on a national basis, the individual provider median times (in minutes) are rank-ordered and the top 10th percentile score identified as the benchmark.


Trends and Benchmarks


Quarters Inpatient Outpatient
First Quarter 2017-First Quarter 2018 PDF or XLSX (11/01/18) PDF or XLSX (11/01/18)
Fourth Quarter 2016-Fourth Quarter 2017 PDF or XLSX (07/26/18) PDF or XLSX (07/26/18)
Third Quarter 2016-Third Quarter 2017 PDF or XLSX (04/27/18) PDF or XLSX (04/27/18)
Second Quarter 2016-Second Quarter 2017 PDF or XLSX (02/08/18) PDF or XLSX (02/08/18)
First Quarter 2016-First Quarter 2017 PDF or XLSX (10/25/17) PDF or XLSX (10/25/17)
Fourth Quarter 2015–Fourth Quarter 2016 PDF or XLSX (07/31/17) PDF or XLSX (07/31/17)
Third Quarter 2015–Third Quarter 2016 PDF or XLSX (06/08/17) PDF or XLSX (06/08/17)
Second Quarter 2015–Second Quarter 2016 PDF or XLSX (02/24/17) PDF or XLSX (02/24/17)
First Quarter 2015–First Quarter 2016 PDF or XLSX (01/06/17) PDF or XLSX (01/06/17)
Fourth Quarter 2014–Fourth Quarter 2015 PDF or XLSX (09/09/16) PDF or XLSX (09/09/16)
Third Quarter 2014–Third Quarter 2015 PDF or XLSX (07/01/16) PDF or XLSX (07/01/16)
Second Quarter 2014–Second Quarter 2015 PDF or XLSX (03/23/16) PDF or XLSX (03/23/16)
First Quarter 2014–First Quarter 2015 PDF or XLSX (11/18/15) PDF or XLSX (11/18/15)
Fourth Quarter 2013–Fourth Quarter 2014 PDF or XLSX (09/10/15) PDF or XLSX (09/10/15)
Third Quarter 2013–Third Quarter 2014 PDF or XLSX (09/10/15) PDF or XLSX (06/09/15)
Second Quarter 2013–Second Quarter 2014 Not available Not available
First Quarter 2013–First Quarter 2014 Not available Not available
Fourth Quarter 2012–Fourth Quarter 2013 PDF or XLSX (08/07/14) PDF or XLSX (08/07/14)
Third Quarter 2012–Third Quarter 2013 PDF or XLSX (05/30/14) PDF or XLSX (05/30/14)
Second Quarter 2012–Second Quarter 2013 PDF or XLSX (03/10/14) PDF or XLSX (03/10/14)
First Quarter 2012–First Quarter 2013 PDF or XLSX (11/13/13) PDF or XLSX (11/13/13)
Fourth Quarter 2011–Fourth Quarter 2012 PDF or XLSX (08/09/13) PDF or XLSX (08/09/13)
Third Quarter 2011–Third Quarter 2012 PDF or XLSX (08/09/13) PDF or XLSX (06/12/13)
Second Quarter 2011–Second Quarter 2012 PDF or XLSX (02/15/13) PDF or XLSX (02/11/13)
First Quarter 2011–First Quarter 2012 PDF or XLSX (11/20/12) PDF or XLSX (11/20/12)


Resources

For more information about the ABC methodology, refer to the Benchmark Methodology References, PDF-33 KB.

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