According to Medicare, 17.8 percent of patients were readmitted within 30 days in 2012. Though the rate fell in 2013, it could represent up to $300 Million in penalties to hospitals nationwide.
Though I have spent several years working with Tableau in the healthcare industry, I thought it would be great to better understand what others throughout the industry are handling these challenges. In this article three innovative organizations and individuals are each looking at the problems of readmissions in uniquely different ways.
- Judson Howe from Adventist Hospital discusses how Tableau helped reduce time to deliver information to providers about readmissions
- Mark Jackson from Piedmont Healthcare illustrates how Tableau was used to reduce readmissions resulting in improved patient satisfaction scores.
- Jonathan Drummey from Southern Maine Health Care illustrates new ways to visualize readmissions to lead to reductions in readmissions
To overcome the new challenges presented by the Affordable Care Act and avoid penalties, hospitals and providers must find better solutions to understand and react to the new conditions. Judson Howe, Director of Business Intelligence (BI) at Adventist Hospital in Glendale California said, “Dashboards are more about monitoring what happened in the past. Analytics and the use of Tableau Software helped us understand why it is happening.”
Judson is one of a handful of innovative leaders providing advanced solutions to help providers better understand readmission rates in their organization. By better understanding the types of patients being readmitted, Adventist can help providers enact process improvements resulting in improved patient care. Judson stated that his organization used Tableau to reduce readmissions to the lowest levels in more than 2 years. Adventist's focus on Acute Myocardial Infarction, Community Acquired Pneumonia and Congestive Heart Failure illustrated the results while tracking more information required than Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) required. The dashboard below reduced the time to deliver details about readmissions from months to minutes.
At Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta Georgia, Mark Jackson shared his organization’s readmissions dashboard below. According to Mark, Tableau was instrumental in a project called “Patient First” that focused on quality improvements. Mark said, “We’ve seen some real benefits from the Patient First project, which allowed the physicians to really focus all their attention on one patient-centered activity at a time. We’ve seen a 50% improvement from benchmark of cardiovascular length of stay, a 10% reduction in heart failure readmissions, and a 12% reduction in readmissions heart attack patients. And overall, that’s improved our patient satisfaction scores by 7%. In addition to helping us set up the new physician schedules, Tableau has helped us track the results of our efforts for all phases of Patient First."
The Readmissions Dashboard presented by Mark Jackson is a great representation of what can be done with Tableau to illustrate what is possible to a broad cross-section of the organization.