Length of stay reduction/management

Innovations

Hospital Gain-Sharing Program Offers Incentives to Physicians Based on Their Efficiency, Producing Significant Cost Savings Without Decline in Quality 03/17/14

In a 3-year pilot demonstration program with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 12 New Jersey hospitals known as the New Jersey Care Integration Consortium participated in a...

Statewide Ban on Ambulance Diversions Reduces Ambulance Turnaround Time and Emergency Department Length of Stay for Patients Admitted to the Hospital 01/14/14

In 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health became the first State to ban ambulance diversions—a practice in which a crowded emergency department temporarily stops accepting patients...

Short-Term Housing and Care for Homeless Individuals After Discharge Leads to Improvements in Medical and Housing Status, Fewer Emergency Department Visits, and Significant Cost Savings 03/13/13

The Illumination Foundation's Recuperative Care Program gives homeless clients the opportunity to rest in a safe environment after hospital discharge. Hospitals refer patients to the program,...

Accountable Care Organization Featuring Shared Global Risk Stimulates Development of Initiatives To Improve Care, Reduces Inpatient Use and Costs 02/11/13

Blue Shield of California, Dignity Health (a hospital system), and Hill Physicians Medical Group jointly formed an accountable care organization that operates under an annual global budget...

Comprehensive Bundle of Strategies Improves Emergency Department Turnaround Time, Reduces Boarding Time and Patients Leaving Without Being Treated 02/08/13

Lakeland Regional Medical Center implemented a comprehensive bundle of strategies to improve emergency department throughput, including reorganizing space into pods, making staffing changes to...

QualityTools

Hospital Overcrowding 07/12/10

The Hospital Overcrowding Web site includes resources on overcrowding, including the “full capacity protocol,” which guides the movement of patients when the hospital is full, addressing high hospital census in a distributive and safe fashion....

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