In the absence of nationally available data for pediatric cardiology, children’s heart centers are making good use of data intelligence to track their own data and move towards more evidence-based patient care.
Significant progress has been made in developing specific clinical pathways and best practices, however pediatric cardiology continues to lag in national benchmarks with room for improvement in many areas that affect costs and quality of care.
One such area is 30-day readmission rates—a standard measure of quality by the U.S. healthcare industry.
According to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 6.5 percent of pediatric patients admitted to acute care children’s hospitals experience an unplanned readmission within 30 days. In addition, national reporting agencies place increasing attention on pediatric readmissions and the National Quality Forum has endorsed its first pediatric all-condition readmission measure.
In the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a study concluded that the timing and cause of readmission within the first 30 days after hospital discharge varies considerably by index condition. Such information is useful for patients and physicians to determine when patients are most vulnerable after hospital discharge and to better target interventions aimed at reducing readmissions from specific causes.
Comparing 30-day admissions among physicians and tracking against index conditions, pediatric cardiology centers can help you better manage the risks of readmission and significantly reduce associated costs.
Read more about this and other ways to identify and eliminate avoidable costs to run a profitable pediatric cardiology service line in the new white paper, “Transform Pediatric Cardiology with Analytics—5 Best Practices.”