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.
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.
3GMLoS 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?
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).