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The data displayed here describes average spending levels during hospitals’ Medicare Spending per Beneficiary (MSPB) episodes. The data presented on the Hospital Compare webpages provide price-standardized, non-risk-adjusted values for two reasons: first, so that the public can evaluate service costs based on non-risk-adjusted amounts and determine appropriate next steps; and second, because risk adjustment is done at the episode level rather than at the service category/claim level. An MSPB episode includes all Medicare Part A and Part B claims paid during the period from 3 days prior to an inpatient hospital admission through 30 days after discharge.
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