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.