by Scott Shawn
“Once upon a time, if you had to have a knee replacement, you were in the hospital for 10 days. Healthcare liked those days, because they were paid on a fee-for-service model. The longer you stayed and the more you were treated for, the more money they made.
“Those were the good old days.
“Or were they?
“The problem now is that we’ve created our own mess with those old fee-for-service ways of doing things. Just look at the infection prevention mandates that have come down over the last eight years, with “never events” and all sorts of other new vocabulary. And now this has extended into length of stay (LOS).
“How Long is Too Long? How Short is Too Short?”