Reducing Hospital Stays through Subacute and Complex Care Programs


The needs of patients who can stay for extended periods in hospitals generate large amounts of health care expenses. They usually experience multiple diagnoses and their needs are not easily understood or served. This study described the efforts of the acute hospitals in Syracuse, New York to address the needs of these Complex Care patients. The hospitals developed a series of Subacute Programs, each of which addressed a single care need, which might have helped restrain the growth of adult medicine stays during a five-month period. The study demonstrated that reductions in adult medicine stays were associated with the introduction of Complex Care Programs that addressed multiple care needs, in 2015. The association between the implementation of the Complex Care Programs and length of stay reduction for adult medicine was present at the combined and individual hospital levels. The study suggested that the amount of Program Development Funds invested in these programs saved 2000 adult medicine days or $1,600,000 compared with total expenses of $292,000 during a five-month period. The experiences of the Syracuse hospitals suggested that small programs with simple structures could have a positive impact on health care efficiency at the community level.

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Lagoe, R. , Pernisi, L. and Littau, S. (2015) Reducing Hospital Stays through Subacute and Complex Care Programs. Open Journal of Nursing, 5, 848-854. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2015.510090.

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