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Tip of the week: Consider the following tip to help reduce unnecessary one-day lengths of stay (LOS)

APCs Insider, March 21, 2008

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Refer to your hospital's Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report, which will show you how your one-day stays compared with other hospitals in your state. If you find DRGs that fall above or below the norm, identify the particular type of DRG and then try to further narrow the data to identify the problem.

For example, do those DRGs include particular types of conditions? Is the source of the problem one group of specialists or everyone on staff? Are the patients admitted through the emergency department? Are the admissions coming in on weekends? Refer to http://hpmp.tmfhqi.net for more information about various training resources and a decision tree for inpatient admissions.

(The above tip was excerpted from the March issue of Briefings on APCs)



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