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Pediatric Quality Indicators

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Data Source: Texas Health Care Information Council (THCIC)

Data Description

The Pediatric Quality Indicators (PDIs) are a set of measures that can be used with hospital inpatient discharge data to provide a perspective on the quality of pediatric healthcare. Specifically, PDIs screen for problems that pediatric patients experience as a result of exposure to the healthcare system and that may be amenable to prevention by changes at the system or provider level. The Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC) in the Texas Department of State Health Services collects data on PDIs and calculates rates for hospitals across Texas.

Prior to publication of the quality indicator reports, hospitals are provided a 60-day comment period. Additionally, hospitals are provided a 90-day comment period for each of the quarterly Public Use Data File (PUDF) releases. Comments for the quality indicator reports and the PUDFs are available online.

Measure Information

Data on PDIs include only hospital patients 17 years and younger. Rates are not calculated for hospitals with fewer than 30 cases.

Diagnosis Present on Admission (POA) included in calculations. POA exempt hospitals are excluded from the tables above.

Related Links

Definitions and additional information on specific PDIs - THCIC

Quality Indicator Empirical Methods reference - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

POA documentation - Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)