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Dentzler, S. (2011) Urgent Measures for an Old Problem. Health Affairs, 30, 1626.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0961

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  • TITLE: Improving System Wide Hospital Efficiency at the Community Level

    AUTHORS: Ronald Lagoe, Maud White, Shelly Littau

    KEYWORDS: Hospitalization, Hospital Lengths of Stay, Hospital Outcomes, Health Care Costs

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Nursing, Vol.6 No.7, July 21, 2016

    ABSTRACT: This study reviewed programs to improve the efficiency of hospital utilization in the metropolitan area of Syracuse, New York between 1998 and 2015. It involved indicators that were largely under the control of hospitals and their nursing and administrative staffs, such as inpatient stays and post admission complications, as well as programs where there was less provider control such as inpatient admissions and readmissions. Large reductions in inpatient lengths of stay were generated by the Syracuse hospitals, contributing to a decline in the average daily adult medicine and adult surgery census of 140 patients. Reductions in post admission complications contributed to these developments. The study suggested that efforts to reduce inpatient admissions in the Syracuse hospitals had limited results. The areas hospital admission rate was conservative, but approximately 2000 resident discharges per year above that of a neighboring community. The need for reduction of hospital admissions resulted from the absence of provider or payor efforts to develop alternative resources in the community. If the experience of the Syracuse hospitals is typical, improvement of the efficiency of community health systems will require creativity and resources from providers. Perhaps more importantly, health care payors will need to assume an active role in these efforts.