Week Seven Hospital Definitions only 2010

Week Seven Hospital Definitions only 2010 - THE LANGUAGE OF...

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Unformatted text preview: THE LANGUAGE OF THE HOSPITAL KEY CONCEPTS CAPACITY THE SIZE OR CAPACITY OF A HOSPITAL IS DETERMINED BY THE NUMBER OF BEDS SET UP AND STAFFED FOR INPATIENT USE. INPATIENT DAYS INPATIENT DAY (ALSO REFERRED TO AS A PATIENT DAY OR A HOSPITAL DAY) IS A NIGHT SPENT IN THE HOSPITAL BY A PERSON ADMITTED AS AN INPATIENT. DAYS OF CARE THE CUMULATIVE NUMBER OF PATIENT DAYS OVER A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME. DAYS OF CARE PER 1,000 POPULATION OVER A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR GENERALLY REFLECT ACCESS TO INPATIENT SERVICES AS WELL AS THEIR UTILIZATION. WHEN LOOKING DAYS OF UTILIZATION THESE TRENDS ARE OBSERVABLE. THE ELDERLY SPEND MORE TIME IN HOSPITALS THAN YOUNGER PEOPLE. MORE FEMALES ARE ADMITTED THAN MALES. MEN GENERALLY INCUR LONGER PERIODS OF HOSPITALIZATION. HOSPITAL UTILIZATION IS HIGHER AMONG BLACKS THAN WHITES AND AMONG PEOPLE OF LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS THAN THE MORE AFFLUENT. IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES, HOSPITALIZATION IS MUCH LOWER THAN IT IS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY. LEVELS OR UTILIZATION AMONG RURAL AND URBAN POPULATIONS IS ABOUT THE SAME. AS MIGHT BE EXPECTED, LEVELS OF UTILIZATION ARE HIGHER AMONG MEDICARE AND MEDICAID PATIENTS. AVERAGE DAILY CENSUS AVERAGE DAILY CENSUS IS THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF HOSPITAL BEDS OCCUPIED PER DAY. DISCHARGES DISCHARGES REFERS TO THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PATIENTS DISCHARGED FROM A HOSPITALS ACUTE CARE BEDS DURING A GIVEN PERIOD OF TIME. AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY IS CALCULATED BY DIVIDING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INPATIENT DAYS BY THE TOTAL DISCHARGES (OR TOTAL ADMISSIONS). IT PROVIDES A MEASURE OF HOW MANY DAYS A PATIENT, ON AVERAGE, SPENDS IN THIS HOSPITAL. IT IS AN INDICATOR OF SEVERITY OF ILLNESS. IT INDICATES THE AVERAGE INPATIENT RESOURCES USED FOR SPECIFIC CATEGORIES OF PATIENTS. OCCUPANCY RATE OCCUPANCY RATE IS DERIVED BY DIVIDING THE AVERAGE DAILY CENSUS BY THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF BEDS (CAPACITY) DURING A GIVEN PERIOD OF TIME. IT IS EXPRESSED AS A PERCENTAGE. ADMISSION: A patient who is provided with room, board, continuous nursing service, and other institutional services for at least one overnight stay. ADULT LIVING FACILITY: A facility offering housing, food service and personal services such as assistance with eating, bathing, grooming, dressing, and supervision of self- administered medication. ANCILLARY CARE SERVICES: Diagnostic or therapeutic services performed by non-nursing departments. These include, but are not limited to, surgery, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, and physical therapy. AVAILABLE BEDS: Beds staffed and ready for use. Does not include beds in labor rooms, bassinets, postoperative recovery rooms, outpatient residences and other areas utilized for only a portion of a patients stay. CAPITATION: A method of payment for health services in which a provided is paid a fixed amount per month for each person served, regardless of the number or type of actual services provided to each person....
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