The Foundation took a closer look at the relationship between the length of a hospital stay and the probability of incurring a complication, specifically hospital-acquired infections (HAI).
Research includes an examination of costs associated with HAIs as well as analysis of discharge data from Maryland hospitals for a 45-month period and concludes that longer length of stays can increase the probability of a complication.
J. Graham Atkinson, D.Phil., Executive Vice President for Research and Policy at the Foundation authored “The Relationship Between Length of Stay and the Probability of Incurring a Hospital Complication: a Two-Way Interaction” and a second paper “Costs and Length of Stay Associated with Hospital-Acquired and Health Care-Associated Infections” (view Table 1 and Appendix) was authored by Caitlin Vanesse, a graduate student at the George Washington University.
I’d like to introduce the concept that coalescing or “convergent thinking” may be detrimental within an organizational setting. By this, I mean that individuals working in the same or similar space often tend to think similar thoughts.
One would think that research about climate issue is one area that people would come together and commit to doing it right – collaboratively, transparently and without ego.
The Medicare Trust Fund (TF) Annual Trustees report on solvency drives much of the discussion about Medicare payments. Therefore, it’s important and appropriate to understand the underpinnings of the report in order to best understand and engage in the discussion.