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December 2018 Utilization Indicators Report 

04-09-2019 09:40

The utilization report shows summaries of admissions, discharges, patient days, neonatal and newborn admissions, neonatal and newborn patient days, emergency department visits, ambulatory surgeries, and observation patients and patient days. The occupancy report shows the trend in average daily census by hospital and by hospital service in 2018.

Overview & Observations
As you know Providence formally ended acute care services on December 14, 2018; the Providence Emergency Department remains open until April 30, 2019. Although the ED has remained open, Providence ED volumes continue to decrease. The latest utilization report illustrates the early impact of the Providence closure. A clearer picture of the actual impact to other acute care facilities will be more evident in next month's report.

Overall, Emergency Department admissions in December were not significantly higher than those recorded in the five previous months in 2018. However, MedStar Washington Hospital Center experienced the highest increase in ED volume compared to the previous year.

A spike in total hospital admissions, psychiatric admissions, and newborn admissions was observed in October 2018. The reason for this spike does not appear to be driven by the flu, given that the CDC reported that the annual epidemic period had not yet occurred in our region during this time period.


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