Hospital A discharges 10,000 patients per year, Hospital B is located in the same town and discharges 5,000 patients per year. At Hospital B's medical staff committee meeting, a physician reports that he is concerned about the quality of care at Hospital B because the hospital has double the number of deaths per year than Hospital A. The HIM director is attending the meeting in a staff position. Which of the following action should the director take?
Suggest that the data be adjusted for possible differences in type and volume of patients treated.