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Dr. Melissa Dirst-Roberts and Dr. Stephen R. Wilber Reported the Lowest Average Length of Stay for Pneumonia Inpatients out of All Arkansas Physicians in 2016

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By: Jeffrey Maser  Feb. 19, 2018

Dexur analysts recently examined pneumonia discharges from Medicare inpatients in 2016 and found that Dr. Melissa Dirst-Roberts, of Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, reported the lowest average length of stay (LOS) in Arkansas at 3.3 days. Dr. Stephen R. Wilber, who practices at Baxter Regional Medical Center along Dr. Dirst-Roberts, reported the 2nd lowest average LOS at 3.6 days. Dr. Linda Kiatoukaysy of Northwest Medical Center - Springdale ranked 3rd with a 3.7 day average length of stay while Dr. William Wesley Thorpe of Baptist Health Medical Center - North Little Rock ranked 4th with a 3.8 day average LOS. Dr. Gregory S. Harrington, who also practices at Baptist Health Medical Center - North Little Rock, ranked 5th with an average length of stay of 4 days. These five physicians were the only physicians in the state to report an average LOS of 4 days or fewer for pneumonia. The average length of stay was 5.47 days for both the nation as well as for Arkansas Medicare enrollees, specifically.

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Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque only Readmitted 14.11% of Medicare Inpatients with Heart Failure in 2016, the Lowest Readmission Rate in Iowa

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By: Saparja Nag  Feb. 19, 2018

According to an analysis of CMS Medicare claims data by Dexur, Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque readmitted the lowest proportion of heart failure patients within 30 days of all hospitals in Iowa, with a rate of 14.11% in 2016. They have held to this standard of care over the years as they had the lowest heart failure readmission rate between 2013 and 2016 as well at 16.26%. The top six ranked hospitals for lowest readmission rate remained the same over these two time periods, albeit not in the same order. These hospitals included three other campuses of Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids, North Iowa, and Des Moines - as well as Iowa Methodist Medical Center and UnityPoint Health - St. Luke’s Hospital.

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Four Arizona Orthopedic Surgeons had SNF Discharge Rates for Hip and Knee Replacements Below 10% in 2016: Dr. Sherwood Duhon, Dr. Neal Rockowitz, Dr. John Daryl Thompson, and Dr. John Maltry

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By: Saparja Nag  Feb. 16, 2018

Dexur analysts conducted a study on CMS Medicare data from Arizona orthopedic physicians who performed hip and knee replacement surgeries in 2016 and determined that only four physicians in the state had a skilled nursing facility (SNF) discharge rate less than 10%. These physicians were Dr. Sherwood Duhon of Southwest Orthopedic and Spine Hospital, Dr. Neal Rockowitz also of Southwest, Dr. John Daryl Thompson of Banner Boswell Medical Center and CORE Institute Specialty Hospital, and Dr. John Maltry of Northwest Medical Center. SNF discharge rate is a quality metric that is typically a descriptor of the general health upon discharge for a particular patient population, as patients who have a lower baseline of health tend to be sicker and require more post-operative assistance.

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Rapides Regional Medical Center had the Lowest Readmission Rate in Louisiana for Red Blood Cell Disorder Discharges in 2016 at 17.01%

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By: Jeffrey Maser  Feb. 16, 2018

A Dexur study analyzing CMS Medicare inpatient claims data between 2013-2016 found that Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria accounted for the lowest readmission rate for red blood cell disorders out of all major hospitals in Louisiana with a rate of 17.01%. Terrebonne General Medical Center in Houma ranked 2nd with a readmission rate of 22.68%, over 5% higher than the rate found at Rapides Regional Medical Center. Two facilities in Lafayette ranked 3rd and 4th as Lafayette General Medical Center and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center reported readmission rates of 22.84% and 22.96%, respectively. Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, located in Alexandria along with top ranking Rapides Regional, ranked 5th with a 23.01% rate.

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Redmond Regional Medical Center’s Dr. Osaguona Osa and Dr. Tushar Shah Ranked 1st and 3rd in Georgia for Heart Attack Discharge Volume in 2016

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By: Jeffrey Maser  Feb. 15, 2018

Analysts from Dexur recently identified all heart attack discharges accounted for by Georgia physicians in 2016 and found that Dr. Osaguona Osa, of Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome, reported 28 discharges, the most of any physician in the state. Dr. Raymond Kostromin, of St. Francis Hospital in Columbus ranked 2nd with 20 discharges. Dr. Tushar Shah, who practices at Redmond Regional Medical Center along with top ranked Dr. Osa, ranked 3rd with 19 discharges. Dr. Raul Roberto Blanco, of Piedmont Atlanta, ranked 4th with 18 discharges, while Dr. Samuel O. Teniola of WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and Dr. Daniel T. Valancius of Floyd Medical Center in Rome tied for 5th with 17 discharges.

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Memorial Hospital Central Averaged the Lowest Length of Stay in 2016 for Sepsis Medicare Patients of Major Colorado Hospitals at 4.52 Days

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By: Saparja Nag  Feb. 15, 2018

A study of major Colorado hospitals by Dexur analysts determined that Memorial Hospital Central in Colorado Springs averaged the lowest length of stay (LOS) at 4.52 days for Medicare inpatients with septicemia or severe sepsis with major complication or comorbidity, DRG-871, in 2016. Memorial Hospital Central has not only held this distinction for the year of 2016; they also had the lowest average LOS in the state between January 2013 and December 2016 at 4.77 days. A comparison of these values indicates that Memorial Hospital Central was able to decrease the average LOS for Medicare inpatients with septicemia or severe sepsis with MCC over time. Length of stay is an important metric in determining the efficiency of medical care. When a hospital experiences a decreased average length of stay, this allows more patients to be treated within the same timeframe.

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Harrison Medical Center - Bremerton Saw Less than 20% of their Alcohol and Drug Abuse Medicare Inpatients Readmitted within 30 Days

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By: Saparja Nag  Feb. 14, 2018

Based on an Dexur analysis of Medicare claims data, Harrison Medical Center - Bremerton had a readmission rate of 19.30% for Medicare inpatients with alcohol and drug abuse, the lowest of all major hospitals in Washington. Swedish Medical Center - First Hill was the only other major Washington facility to have a readmission rate for alcohol and drug abuse Medicare patients below the state average. However, there were seven hospitals with readmission rates for this particular DRG under the national average. Readmission rates are frequently targeted as an area for care quality improvement by reducing multiple visits for patients. It is important that in an effort to reduce readmission rates, health professionals are not increasing LOS or performing unnecessary procedures.

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Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis Had the Lowest Skilled Nursing Facility Discharge Rate in Tennessee for Kidney & Urinary Tract Infections in 2016 at 14.74%

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By: Jeffrey Maser  Feb. 14, 2018

In 2016, Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis accounted for the lowest skilled nursing facility (SNF) discharge rate for kidney and urinary tract infections out of all major Tennessee hospitals at 14.74%, according to a recent Dexur study. Bristol Regional Medical Center ranked 2nd with a 19.19% SNF discharge rate, nearly 4.5% higher than the rate at Baptist Memorial in Memphis. These were the only two facilities in Tennessee to report a rate under 20% for the condition. Erlanger Baroness Hospital in Chattanooga ranked 3rd at 20.29%, Methodist University Hospital in Memphis ranked 4th at 20.71% and Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport ranked 5th at 21.21%. These five hospitals, along with sixth ranking CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga, which reported a 22.83% rate, were the only major hospitals in Tennessee with a SNF discharge rate under 25% during the time frame.

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Baptist Memorial Hospital - Desoto had the Lowest Renal Failure Readmission Rate in Mississippi in 2016 at 13.49%

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By: Jeffrey Maser  Feb. 13, 2018

Dexur analysts have conducted a study on Medicare inpatient renal failure discharges and found that Baptist Memorial Hospital - Desoto in Southaven accounted for the lowest readmission rate of all major Mississippi hospitals in 2016 at a mere 13.49%. The hospital’s readmission rate was over 4.5% lower than the 2nd ranked hospital, as Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg reported an 18.13% readmission rate. North Mississippi Medical Center - Tupelo ranked 3rd with a 19.65% readmission rate and joined Baptist Memorial Hospital - Desoto and Forrest General Hospital as the only three Mississippi facilities to report a readmission rate under 20% for renal failure discharges. Anderson Regional Medical Center, located in Meridian, and St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson tied for 4th ranked with a 21.43% readmission rate.

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Dr. Ziad Sous of Hillcrest Medical Center Treated 170 Medicare Patients with Cardiac Arrhythmia, the Most of Any Physician in Oklahoma

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By: Saparja Nag  Feb. 13, 2018

According to an analysis performed by Dexur on Oklahoma physicians, Dr. Ziad Sous, who practices primarily at Hillcrest Medical Center, accounted for the most Medicare inpatient discharges for all cardiac arrhythmias in 2016 with 170 total discharges. Dr. Sous far surpassed any other physician practicing in Oklahoma, with a discharge volume for this condition nearly four times that of the 2nd ranked physician. Discharge volume is not necessarily indicative of the quality of medical care but it may reveal which physicians are more experienced in treating specific conditions.

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