Term: Resource Utilization Bands (RUBs)

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Last Updated: 2015-05-12

Definition:

Resource Utilization Bands (RUBs) are a part of the Johns Hopkins Adjusted Clinical Group ® (ACG®) case-mix system. They are a simplified ranking system of overall morbidity level instead of grouping by type of illness, so that individuals who are expected to use the same level of resources are grouped together, even if they have very different illnesses with different epidemiological patterns. Individuals are assigned an RUB based on sorting their ACG value into one of six categories:

0 - Non-user,
1 - Healthy User,
2 - Low Morbidity,
3 - Moderate Morbidity,
4 - High Morbidity,
5 - Very High Morbidity.
Note: RUB groups 0, 1 and 2 were combined when analyzing hospital-based outcomes as people in these groups are rarely hospitalized (Fransoo et al., Who is in our Hospitals. and why?, 2013 ).

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  • Martens P, Nickel N, Forget E, Lix L, Turner D, Prior H, Walld R, Soodeen RA, Rajotte L, Ekuma O. The Cost of Smoking: A Manitoba Study. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2015. [Summary] [Full Report] [Errata] (View)

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  • Fransoo R, Martens P, The Need to Know Team, Prior H, Burchill C, Koseva I, Bailly A, Allegro E. The 2013 RHA Indicators Atlas. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2013. [Summary] [Full Report] [Data extras] (View)
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  • Lix L, Smith M, Pitz M, Ahmed R, Quon H, Griffith J, Turner D, Hong S, Prior H, Banerjee A, Koseva I, Kulbaba C. Cancer Data Linkage in Manitoba: Expanding the Infrastructure for Research. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2016. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)