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Hospitals generate tons of data, and a fertile mind could combine these to conjure up a cornucopia of measures.Most measures are simple numbers that don’t say much. But then, one occasionally encounters a simple measure that speaks a lot.

2 Bed Management

Capacity planning is an important task everywhere, be it hospitals planning the number of beds, or telephone companies planning the number of trunks, or manufacturers planning assembly lines.

3 GMLoS Versus ALoS

Medicare generally tracks and reports length of stay as a “Geometric Mean Length of Stay” or GMLOS. Most hospitals measure their own length of stay as an “Average Length of Stay” or ALOS. So what’s the difference?

4 Readmission Rates

Approximately one in five Medicare patients are rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) considers this rate excessive,and began reducing payments to hospitals that have excessive readmission rates in October 2012 under a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As a consequence, tracking of readmission rates has become essential for hospitals, especially with regard to Heart Failure (HF), Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and Pneumonia (PN).

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