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Length of Stay (LOS) - What is the Best Calculation?

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Wed, Dec 10, 2014

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


Every healthcare entity is impacted by the Affordable Care Act and the country's mission to improve quality of care while simultaneously reducing expenditures. Gauging success is no easy feat.  Data collection is the foundation for monitoring progress but in itself is a daunting task.  One of the most considerable areas under scrutiny is Length of Stay (LOS).  In fact, Accountable Care Organizations are using this metric as a deciding factor for SNF program participation.  If the patients are discharged in a shorter period of time than the "imposed benchmark", the SNF is considered to be doing a good job.  If the patients stay longer than the "imposed benchmark”, the SNF is at risk of being ousted from the "ACO". Therefore, the accuracy and consistency of these figures is critical for care, operations, outcomes and analysis.

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Topics: LOS

Strategy to Optimize Length of Stay

Posted by Peter Mastrangelo on Thu, Aug 23, 2012

Today, we are going to be talking about length of stay.  One of the major challenges when looking at the length of a therapy program is working with the patient to get them to understand that if they stay a little longer they will get a lot stronger.  One of the key factors in setting goals and making sure the patient is going to return safely to their discharge environment is the home visit, but  The home visit often can take up to three hours even longer and we just don’t have that kind of time within our departments.  So, one of the suggestions that we have been using within our facilities is to utilize a home inventory check list.  You can discuss this with the patient you can also bring the family in.  Maybe the family can take pictures as well to give the therapist an idea of how the home environment is.  Getting an idea of if there is a pet at home or how the cabinets are setup, if the patient is going to need to be bending significantly or reaching over head a significant amount of time can be really helpful in setting up your treatment sessions to make sure the patient is able to repeatedly do some of these tasks that they will be expected to do once they are transferred home from the Skilled Nursing Facility.

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Topics: SNF, Length of Stay, LOS

Optimizing Medicare Part A Length of Stay with Discharge Planning

Posted by Peter Mastrangelo on Thu, Jun 14, 2012

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Topics: Medicare Part A, Length of Stay, Medicare Length of Stay, LOS, Discharge Planning

Length of Stay - Medicare Minute

Posted by Peter Mastrangelo on Mon, Jan 30, 2012

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Topics: Length of Stay, LOS

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