The Patient Diagnostic Mix by Unique Patients table provides a breakdown of four metrics against the 20 Trella Health Diagnostic Groupings used in the Trella Health Solutions. For each metric we have included comparative county and state averages. Use this table to uncover strengths and weaknesses of your hospice and competitors. For more information on the diagnostic groupings, see Trella Health Diagnostic Groupings.
Understanding the Data
Each row contains a single diagnostic group with comparative metrics for the following four sections:
- Percentage of Patients - This is the percent of patients with diagnoses that fit into the listed diagnostic grouping. This section provides county and state averages for comparison. If the selected hospice has a higher average than the county and state, this suggests an area of specialization or focus by the hospice. An area of specialization tied to excellent performance in the other sections of this table suggests a strong story for marketing.
- % Hospitalized: + 30 days - As a performance metric, hospices that excel at keeping patients out of the hospital shine. Any average below the county and state averages indicate a hospice that is providing excellent care and the presence of a strong interdisciplinary team.
- Average Length of Stay (Days) Mean and Median - The average length of stay sections contain two different averages related to the time period from patient admission to discharge for the hospice patients treated by this hospice during the reporting period. Based on these Lengths of Stay we have calculated two Averages: ALOS is the mean average where the total patient days are divided by the total patients. MLOS is the median average where we identify the length of stay that is the center of the data set, that is, there are as many numbers in the overall set below the center number as there are above the center number. For each of these averages, we have included state and county averages for comparison.
With regard to length of stay, financially, hospice providers reach the break even point after providing about three weeks of care. In addition, shorter lengths of stay don't allow the hospice staff to provide the levels of oversight, comfort care and bereavement preparation that are the hallmark of excellent hospice care. In this table, these averages are calculated for the MDC identified in each row and provide more detailed insight into performance for specific MDCs.
Aggregated INS MDC's
In any case where the total number of patients in a specific MDC drops below 11 patients, we can't show that number for privacy reasons. We roll all MDCs that represent counts <11 into this one category and present that count with this header. To examine this header in steps, this row includes all MDC's that have insufficient counts aggregated into a single metric.