Forrest General Hospital has the best value outcomes for Heart Failure in Hattiesburg, MS


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By: Neha Thomas  Jul. 31, 2020

Dexur’s analysis of medicare claims of hospitals within a 10-mile radius of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, showed that Forrest General Hospital had the best value outcomes over a 90 day episode for Heart Failure, followed by Merit Health Wesley. Dexur’s value analysis tracks a patient’s episode of care from the date of admission for 90 days and includes the index hospitalizations, rehospitalization, home health, nursing home, and ED costs. Total cost of care data helps patients make appropriate choices and helps local ACOs, such as Hattiesburg Clinic ACO, make appropriate referral choices. The analysis was risk-adjusted, for alive and non-hospice patients and was done at the DRG level, specifically DRG 291: Heart Failure and Shock with Major Complication or Comorbidity (MCC), to adjust for complications and comorbidities.

Forrest General Hospital

Forrest General Hospital’s total cost of care over a 90 day episode was $25,288 (for the period between July 2016 and June 2019). The index hospitalization cost was $7,337 and the average rehospitalization cost per hospitalization was $11,416. The cost per rehospitalization was at an average of $20,854. Meanwhile, the average ED costs per hospitalization (when ED is involved) was $1,779.

The average home health cost per hospitalization when a home health agency is involved was $3,040. The average cost per hospitalization for the top home health agency partners for Heart Failure for Forrest General Hospital were:

The average nursing home cost per hospitalization when a nursing home is involved was $17,457. The average cost per hospitalization for the top nursing home partners for Heart Failure for Forrest General Hospital were:

Merit Health Wesley

Merit Health Wesley’s total cost of care over a 90 day episode was $28,774 (for the period between July 2016 and June 2019). The index hospitalization cost was $9,486 and the average rehospitalization cost per hospitalization was $13,933. The cost per rehospitalization was at an average of $27,569. Meanwhile, the average ED costs per hospitalization (when ED is involved) was $2,112.

The average home health cost per hospitalization when a home health agency is involved was $3,304. The average cost per hospitalization for the top home health agency partners for Heart Failure for Merit Health Wesley were:

The average nursing home cost per hospitalization when a nursing home is involved was $13,308. The average cost per hospitalization for the top nursing home partner for Heart Failure for Merit Health Wesley was:

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The detailed value outcomes and cost of care reports for Heart Failure in Hattiesburg, MS, includes the following data points: