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Is Length of Stay Still a Valid Measure in a Value-Based World? — Strategic Health Care Marketing

At the 2018 SHSMD Connections conference in Seattle, SHSMD convened a series of presentations on value as part of its “Value Initiative.” What does value mean for health care organizations? How can they achieve it?

One of the presenters, Jessica Farrar, director of strategic planning and decision support at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Maryland, spoke about traditional metrics that don’t tell the whole story in a value scenario. Length of stay (LOS) has long been a mainstay in quality and efficiency measures, but does it leave out crucial information? What could you use instead?

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