February 1, 2010

Like antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the challenge to reduce length of stay (LOS) persists…despite the best efforts of most healthcare organizations. And this uncomfortable reality comes at a time when more stringent reimbursement promises to put even more pressure on hospital revenues.

In their article @BeginLink@Length of Stay: The Management Headache That Won’t Go Away@EndLink@, published February 4, 2010 in HealthLeaders Media, authors Michael N. Abrams, Managing Partner and Bill Ott, Senior Consultant summarize why current LOS improvement efforts haven’t worked, and outline the requirements for patient throughput success.

The authors’ perspective and advice reflects their experience working with leading healthcare delivery organizations. Their summary of the untapped financial opportunities for breakthrough patient throughput improvement builds a strong case for a sense of urgency in focusing on this persistent management nemesis.