The Hospice Utilization and Preventable Hospital Visits table indicates how hospice utilization impacts the patient experience at the end of life. You can compare data from a physician's own patient population to state averages for his or her specialty and make a stronger connection between the physician's actions pertaining to hospice and patient outcomes. This article describes each section of the table in detail.
Physicians that see a large number of patients toward the end of their life would ideally be experts on hospice so they can educate patients and help them make an informed decision. Mortalities data helps you understand the frequency with which the physician interacts with potential hospice patients.
|Number of Deaths||
The count of patients that died within the last year and saw this physician within six months prior to expiring.
When compared to the specialty's State Average, the number of deaths indicates specialization that may make one physician more attractive than another.
|Percentage of Deaths||
Percentage of mortalities per patient seen by this physician.
As the percentage of deaths increases, the physician should be more interested in hospice because it is more important to their patients.
Comparing a physician's hospice utilization against state averages provides a much needed feedback look for physicians. Once a physician starts seeing data about the outcomes for his or her patients, viewing hospice as a conversation that someone else should have becomes more difficult. For physicians that do actively refer patients, you can provide positive feedback and reaffirm behaviors that may drive their utilization higher.
Patients that saw this physician in the last six months before they died and were on hospice any time in the last six months before they died.
When compared to the specialty's State Average, Hospice Decedents can highlight differences in the quantity of hospice patients and help you identify physicians that have a patient population more appropriate for hospice.
The number of hospice decedents divided by the number of deaths for this physician.
When compared to the specialty's State Average, Utilization can highlight differences in the demand for hospice within their patient population. Since physician behavior has a high impact on demand, Utilization is an indicator of how well the health care network is promoting hospice as a reasonable choice for care.
Average length of stay for patients that died within the last year and saw this physician six months prior to expiring.
Benchmarking ALOS against the state average highlights the timing of hospice elections and how early the health care network is identifying hospice appropriate patients within that physician's patient population.