Today's health leaders place significant focus on reducing length of stay (LOS). For patients, shorter LOS means going home sooner and fewer opportunities to develop a hospital-acquired complication. For hospitals, reduced average LOS per global payment should yield a better margin. Additionally, within the literature some authors have found a positive correlation between improved clinical outcomes, reduced mortality and readmission rates, and shorter length of stay. However, others have found improved outcomes – including decreased mortality – with initiatives that actually lengthen hospital stay, while still others have concluded in specific cases that a shorter length of stay is associated with increased mortality after discharge. We seek to develop a unifying analysis to model relationships among cost, LOS, and neonatal outcomes and to help answer the question whether shorter LOS at a unit-level can be positively correlated to both better outcomes and lower costs.
Dr. Chris DeRienzo serves as Chief Patient Safety Officer and Vice President for Mission Health System in Asheville, NC. He is also a practicing neonatologist with Mission Children’s Specialists and Adjunct Faculty with the Duke University School of Medicine.
|8:30 am||Registration & Breakfast|
|9:00 am||Dr. DeRienzo’s Presentation|
|10:30 am||Closes & Depart|