Studies show that hospitals that operate efficiently not only save money for
their patients and for themselves, but that they actually tend to provide
better overall care.
Our goal at Kentucky Children's Hospital is to provide the best possible care in the most
efficient manner, and we are continually working to improve and streamline our
processes so we can do just that.
Academic medical centers such as UK HealthCare including Kentucky Children's Hospital take care of the very
sickest patients. One measure hospitals use to track their efficiency
is the length of stay index. Length of stay is the number of days a
patient is in the hospital. It refers to the number of calendar days
from the day of admission to the day of discharge. For example, the LOS
for a patient admitted on May 12 and discharged on May 17 is five
The length of stay index compares two numbers:
To reach the length of stay index, the observed length of stay is
divided by the expected length of stay. A score of 1.00 would mean the
observed length of stay and the expected length of stay are the same
which means patients are not staying in the hospital longer than
A score higher than 1.00 means patients stayed in the hospital longer
than what was expected, and scores below 1.00 indicate patients are
spending less time in the hospital than expected.
These rates are figured
by the University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of academic
medical centers and their affiliated hospitals representing
approximately 90 percent of the nation’s not-for-profit academic medical
centers. UHC performs risk-adjustment calculations for all hospitals
and provides reports to the participating hospitals.These numbers are used by hospitals nationwide.
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