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At Lexington Medical Center, COPD Patients Have Highest Rate of ICU Stays in South Carolina, Both With and Without Hypertension

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 09, 2018

A Dexur analysis examined hospital-level data on intensive care unit stays among Medicare-eligible inpatients with COPD in South Carolina. Dexur has previously reported on how COPD complications raise hypertension readmission rates in South Carolina.

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At Stony Brook Hospital, High Proportion of Preserved Ejection Fraction in Heart Failure Readmissions

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 06, 2018

Heart failure can be classified by ejection fraction. In heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF, aka LVEF), the left ventricle pumps out an unusually low fraction of the blood that enters it. HFrEF has been a focus of research efforts, because most studies find it is associated with higher mortality than heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).

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At Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Osteoporosis Accounts for Half of Fracture Readmissions in Women Within 3 Months

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 05, 2018

Osteoporosis is a major cause of fractures in American women. A study in the March 2018 volume of Osteoporosis International found that hip fracture rates have plateaued at an unexpectedly high level from 2013-2015, leading to an excess of 11,000 hip fractures over projections based on continuing decline.

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Bon Secours Hospital Treats the Most Surgical Patients with Iron Deficiency Anemia in Maryland

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 04, 2018

Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is a condition in which the body has too little iron to properly supply red blood cells, leading to fatigue and weakness. According to the Merck Manual, blood loss is the most common cause of IDA. About 70% of the body's iron is already in red blood cells, rather than stored in reserve, so patients may require iron supplementation after major blood loss.

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Jackson Health Hospitals Have Lower ABSSSI Incidence Than Miami-Dade County Average

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By: James Pitt  Jun. 26, 2018

A June 4 Miami Herald investigation found that according to CMS data, Jackson Health System performed under the national benchmark on incidence of MRSA bloodstream infections, but at or above the national benchmark on five other types of infection. Dr. Lilian Abbo of Jackson Health attributed this to the case mix at Jackson Health and the high prevalence of MRSA in Miami-Dade County.

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CHI St. Luke's Heart Transplant In-Hospital Mortality Rate is Near National Average

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By: James Pitt  Jun. 11, 2018

Dexur analysts compared the 20 hospitals with the most CMS inpatient discharges for DRGs 001 and 002 from 2013 to 2016. The national average in-hospital mortality rate for DRG 001 patients was 11.94% from January 2013 to December 2016. St. Luke’s in-hospital mortality rate for these patients was 13% in this period, a 1% difference from national average. The other top 20 hospitals also average slightly higher mortality rates than the national average. The highest was 18% at Stanford Health Care (Stanford, CA), and the lowest 7% at Duke University Health System (Durham, NC).

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COPD Incidence Varies By an Order of Magnitude In Oklahoma

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By: James Pitt  Jun. 01, 2018

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) is a common lung disease, mainly caused by smoking. There is evidence that COPD patients are at greater risk of mortality when exposed to air pollution, particularly particulate matter. Dexur analysts examined 2016 CMS inpatient discharge data from 20 Oklahoma hospitals with over 1,000 discharges that year. The incidence of COPD varied dramatically across hospitals, from 5.61% of total Medicare discharges at Jackson County Memorial Hospital to 0.54% at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City.

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Bakersfield Heart Hospital Has Half the LOS & 30 Day Readmission Rate of the Second Closest Hospital in Kern County, California for Hip & Knee Replacement Surgeries

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By: James Pitt  May. 03, 2018

Dexur’s analysis of Medicare claims data for hospitals serving Kern County residents showed that Bakersfield Heart Hospital had half the length of stay (LOS) & readmission rate of the second ranked hospital, San Joaquin Community Hospital. Dexur’s analytic criteria included hospitals that had greater than 5% market share across all inpatient discharges in Kern County. These hospitals were Bakersfield Heart Hospital (BHH), San Joaquin Community Hospital, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital & Mercy Hospital.

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Led by Dr. Mattern, Dr. Ginsberg and Dr. Slitt, Augusta Health has the Lowest Average Length of Stay for Cardiac Arrhythmia in Virginia, Over a Full Day Lower than the State and National Averages

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By: Jeffrey Maser  May. 02, 2018

Augusta Health in Fishersville had the lowest average length of stay (LOS) for a 30-day episode of care with unplanned readmissions for patients with cardiac arrhythmia among all Virginia hospitals at 2.65 days, according to a Dexur study of CMS claims data between 2013-2016. Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville ranked 2nd at 2.88 days, followed closely by Riverside Tappahannock Hospital in Tappahannock at 2.92 days. Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg ranked 4th at 2.99 days while Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester rounded out the top five at 3.19 days. The average LOS for a 30-day episode of care with unplanned readmissions at these five facilities were each substantially lower than the national average of 3.95 days as well as the 3.85 day average for Virginia Medicare enrollees.

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Optim Medical Center - Tattnall Inpatients Spend the Fewest Days Hospitalized out of All Georgia Facilities for Spinal Fusion Discharges

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By: Jeffrey Maser  May. 01, 2018

Dexur analysts studied Medicare inpatient spinal fusion (except cervical) discharge data from CMS and found that Optim Medical Center - Tattnall in Reidsville accounted for the lowest average length of stay (LOS) for a 30-day episode of care with unplanned readmissions among all hospitals in Georgia at 1.48 days between 2013-2016. Optim Medical Center - Tattnall was one of only two hospitals in the state with an average LOS under two days for a 30-day episode of care for spinal fusion patients. There was a substantial difference between the 2nd ranked hospital and the hospitals ranked 3rd - 5th as Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge ranked 2nd at 1.73 days while Floyd Medical Center in Rome ranked 3rd at 2.19 days. St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah ranked just behind in 4th at 2.21 days and Memorial Health University Medical Center, also in Savannah, ranked 5th with a 2.22 day rate.

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