A 2016 study of legal claims against hospitalists cited “the speed that diagnostic studies are ordered and performed” as one of the major factors leading to delayed diagnoses to the detriment of the patient’s health.
Not all health systems have realized significant gains in optimizing their length of stay (LOS). Some wonder if a small decrease is worth the effort. Others are concerned reducing their LOS will lead to a higher readmission rate and associated penalties. But experience shows that the benefits of managing LOS are compelling, and the reduction of LOS does not necessarily correlate with an increase in readmissions. Readmissions occur when patients are discharged too early or without a plan supporting their transition from the inpatient setting.
What are the benefits? Reducing LOS drives a significantly positive impact on a health system’s financial performance. For example, if a 300-bed hospital with an average LOS of 4.5 days was able to reduce their LOS to 4.2 days they could treat over 1,700 more patients each year. This would mean millions of dollars in additional income from the same fixed capacity.
Improving efficiency in care delivery improves healthcare quality and nurse morale while reducing costs from overtime, agency use, and turnover
In this podcast, Samantha Platzke, CFO and SVP of Systems Performance for podcast sponsor Care Logistics, helps us understand how the role of the hospital CFO has evolved, and what the modern CFO can do to contribute to exceptional financial performance.
In this podcast Mark Graban, consultant, author and publisher of the popular website leanblog.org, helps us understand what the heck is Lean, and why hospitals, caregivers, and patients should care.
We get many questions about the benchmarks of efficiency in hospital operations and throughput. Someone posed these questions in a recent LinkedIn discussion thread:
“What is/are your suggested set of throughput metrics? What is the data expression of throughput?”
In this podcast, The Nerdy Nurse shares more about how the lessons of Toyota's efficient production model can make life healthier and happier for patients and nurses alike.
Dr. Sanchayeeta Mitra is fascinated by systems. She’s not just a top surgeon, she’s also an engineer. She recognizes that breakdowns in care delivery are often caused by poor processes, and not the effort of the caregivers.
As a child life specialist for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Kristin Kirby is definitely someone Who Cares passionately about making the healing process for children and their families as positive as possible.
There are several key tools and disciplines unit care teams can adopt that dramatically improve consistent delivery of quality care, with resulting benefits in efficiency and patient satisfaction
We think a lot about milestones in healthcare. The major milestones now are the shift from volume- to value-based care and the evolution to community health management. These healthcare milestones change everything about the way hospitals operate, provide care and succeed financially. So how do hospitals thrive in this evolution?
Hospital administrators are finding that true continuous quality improvement (CQI) requires a radical change in thinking.