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Managing long LOS patients

Case Management Monthly, June 1, 2009

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: Traditionally, long LOS was defined as a patient who remains in the hospital for 30 days or longer. As the average LOS has gotten shorter and shorter, and as care processes have continued to accelerate, this definition is no longer accurate.
It is now more appropriate for each hospital to determine its own definition of long LOS. To do this, you should take your hospital’s current average LOS and determine how many excess days define about 20% of the patient population.

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