Hospitals

The tertiary care medical facilities that account for about a third of national health expenditures.  Almost 80% of hospitals are non-profit. 

Impact of an Interprofessional Transition of Care Service on 30-Day Hospital Reutilizations

David T. Grande, MD, MPA
Sep. 10, 2018

Shelley Otsuka, Jennifer N. Smith, Laura Pontiggia, Radha V. Patel, Susan C. Day and David T. Grande

ABSTRACT [FROM JOURNAL]

The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of an interprofessional Transitions of Care (TOC) service on 30-day hospital reutilization inclusive of hospital readmissions and ED visits. This was a retrospective cohort study including patients discharged from an academic medical center between September 2013 and October 2014. Patients scheduled for a hospital follow-up visit in the post-acute care clinic (PACC) were included in the intervention group and patients without a post-discharge interprofessional TOC service were included in the comparison...

Mergers and Marginal Costs: New Evidence on Hospital Buyer Power

Aug. 21, 2018

Abstract [from journal]

We estimate the effects of horizontal mergers on marginal cost efficiencies – an ubiquitous merger justification – using data containing supply purchase orders from a large sample of US hospitals 2009-2015. The data provide a level of detail that has been difficult to observe previously, and a variety of product categories that allows us to examine economic mechanisms underlying “buyer power.” We find that merger target hospitals save on average $176 thousand (or 1.5 percent) annually, driven by geographically local efficiencies in price negotiations for...

Measuring Emergency Care Survival: The Implications of Risk-Adjusting for Race and Poverty

Jun. 20, 2018

Kimon L.H. Ioannides, Avi Baehr, David N. Karp, Douglas J. Wiebe, Brendan G. Carr,...

ABSTRACT [FROM JOURNAL]

Objectives: We determined the impact of including race, ethnicity, and poverty in risk adjustment models for emergency care sensitive conditions mortality that could be used for hospital pay‐for‐performance initiatives. We hypothesized that adjusting for race, ethnicity, and poverty would bolster rankings for hospitals that cared for a disproportionate share of non‐white, Hispanic, or poor patients.

Methods: We performed a cross‐sectional analysis

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Trends in hospital-SNF relationships in the care of Medicare beneficiaries

May. 17, 2018

Joshua M. Liao, R. Tamara Konetzka, Rachel M. Werner

Abstract [from journal]

Improving the value of post-acute care at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) has become a Medicare policy priority. Anecdotally, hospitals have responded by formally acquiring or pursuing tighter informal connections with SNFs. We evaluated the trend in connections between US acute care hospitals and Medicare-certified SNFs between 2000 and 2013 using vertical integration and two novel network-based measures (number of SNF partners, and...

Where Patients Go After Hospital Discharge: Trends in Post-Acute Care

Apr. 17, 2018

As the largest single source of health care spending, hospitals have drawn considerable attention from policymakers. Efforts to reduce costs have led to decreased lengths of hospital stays, but far less attention has been paid to where those patients go immediately after discharge. Medicare payment reforms implemented in the wake of the Affordable Care Act, such as hospital readmissions penalties and bundled payments, have made hospitals accountable for care beyond their walls, including institutional post-acute care.

The Use of Individual Provider Performance Reports by US Hospitals

Feb. 13, 2018

In the Journal of Hospital Medicine, Joshua Rolnick and Kira Ryskina analyze trends in how hospitals use the electronic health record to track and provide feedback on provider performance. The authors use data from a nationally representative survey of US hospitals from 2013 to 2015 to identify hospitals that have used electronic data to create individual provider performance profiles (IPPs). They model how the odds of IPP use differ as a function of hospital characteristics, including ownership (non-profit, for-profit, or government), geographic region, teaching versus...

What Every Graduating Resident Needs to Know About Quality Improvement and Patient Safety: A Content Analysis of 26 Sets of ACGME Milestones

Nov. 29, 2017

Meghan Lane-Fall, Joshua J. Davis, Justin Clapp, Jennifer S. Myers, Lee Ann Riesenberg

In the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Meghan Lane-Fall and colleagues analyze milestones – competency-based outcomes assessing graduate medical trainees – across 26 specialties to identify common expectations related to quality improvement (QI) and patient safety (PS). The purpose of this work is to move toward a consensus around what every medical trainee needs to know in QI and PS, irrespective of specialty.

The authors performed a content analysis of 612 published milestones from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)....

Regional Variation in Standardized Costs of Care at Children’s Hospitals

Nov. 8, 2017

Jennifer A. Jonas, Samir S. Shah, Isabella Zaniletti, Matthew Hall, Jeffrey D. Colvin, Laura M. Gottlieb, Marion R. Sills, Jessica Bettenhausen, Rustin B. Morse, Michelle L. Macy, Evan S. Fieldston

In the Journal of Hospital Medicine, Evan Fieldston and colleagues investigated regional cost variation for three inpatient pediatric conditions, assessed the potential drivers of variation, and estimated the cost savings that could result from reducing variation. With some areas of the country spending close to three times more on health care than others, regional variation in health care spending has been a focus of national attention.

The authors analyzed hospitalizations for asthma, diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and acute gastroenteritis (AGE) at 46 children’s hospitals...

Pediatric Price Transparency: Still Opaque With Opportunities for Improvement

Oct. 25, 2017

Laura J. Faherty, Charlene A. Wong, Jordyn Feingold, Joan Li, Robert Town, Evan Fieldston, Rachel M. Werner

In Hospital Pediatrics, Laura J. Faherty and colleagues, including Evan Fieldston and Rachel Werner, describe online price transparency data for pediatric care and the consumer experience of obtaining an out-of-pocket estimate from children’s hospitals for a common procedure. Price transparency is gaining importance as families’ portion of health care costs rise.

The study consisted of three parts: an audit of 45 children’s hospital Web sites, "secret shopper" calls to the hospitals to request price estimates for a common pediatric procedure (a tonsillectomy-adenoidectomy...

Post-operative mortality, missed care and nurse staffing in nine countries: A cross-sectional study

Aug. 28, 2017

Jane E. Ball, Luk Bruyneel, Linda H. Aiken, Walter Sermeus, Douglas M. Sloane, Anne Marie Rafferty, Rikard Lindqvist, Carol Tishelman, Peter Griffiths, RN4CAST Consortium

In International Journal of Nursing Studies, Jane Ball and colleagues, including Linda Aiken, examine if missed nursing care explains the observed association between nurse staffing levels and mortality. Previous research has shown that higher postoperative mortality rates are associated with lower nurse staffing levels. When nurse staffing levels are lower, there is a higher incidence of necessary but missed nursing care. The authors collected data from 422,730 patients from 300 general acute hospitals, and administered surveys to 26,516 registered nurses to understand staffing...

Understanding High Utilization of Unscheduled Care in Pregnant Women of Low Socioeconomic Status

Jul. 14, 2017

Pooja K. Mehta, Tamala Carter, Cjloe Vinoya, Shreya Kangovi, Sindhu K. Srinivas

In Women’s Health Issues, Pooja Mehta and colleagues, including Shreya Kangovi and Sindhu Srinivas, seek to understand maternal preference for unscheduled hospital-based obstetric care, in order to inform interventions and improve value of publicly funded care during pregnancy. Previous research has shown that pregnant high utilizers of unscheduled care may be at particular risk for poor perinatal outcomes; however drivers of this association are unknown. The authors conducted a comparative qualitative analysis of in-depth semi structured interviews. Low-income pregnant women...

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