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50% in Four Years – The Increase in Surgical Admissions

According to a recent report, the average price of a surgical admission for a child in 2010 was $35,423, but by 2014 it had risen to $53,372 – a more than 50% price increase. Source: “Higher Prices for Children’s Health Care Drove Spending Growth in 2014, While Use of Services Declined,” Health Care Cost Institute Press Release, May 16, 2016,

Making a difference in care transitions . . . new findings

Personal Contact with Patients Before and After Discharge Resulted in Lower Readmission Rates

Personal contact with patients before and after their hospital discharge resulted in significantly lower readmission rates, according to a study conducted by the Bronx Collaborative, which showed that among 500 patients who received two or more “interventions”, in a special program to manage the transition between hospital and home, only 17.6 percent were readmitted to the hospital within 60 days of discharge versus 26.3 percent among a comparison group of 190 patients who received the current standard of care. Another 85 patients who received only one intervention for a variety of reasons had a higher readmission rate, raising to 22.8 percent the overall 60-day readmission rate for patients in the intervention group.

Interventions included intensive pre-discharge education, the scheduling of a post-discharge follow-up appointment with the patient’s personal physician, and post-discharge telephone calls to review medications, identify concerns and verify the completion of the follow-up physician visit. In addition to receiving at least two interventions, the follow-up physician visit within 14 days of discharge appeared to be a key factor in preventing a readmission, according to the research analysis.

Source: Montefiore Medical Center

50% of hospital admissions occur through the ED

EDs account for half of hospital admissions

A report from RAND Corp. found that hospital emergency departments
accounted for about half of admissions in the U.S. Aside from conducting
diagnostic tests that cannot be done in doctor’s offices, EDs have supplemented
the work of primary care providers by managing overflow, after-hours cases and
weekend demand for health care, researchers said. “We believe there needs
to be more effort to integrate the operations of emergency departments into
both inpatient and outpatient care systems,” RAND researcher Kristy
Gonzalez Morganti said. (6/13)