Managing hospital length of stay reduction: a multihospital approach

Health Care Manage Rev. 2005 Apr-Jun;30(2):82-92. doi: 10.1097/00004010-200504000-00002.


Major financial constraints on health care payors are increasing pressure on hospitals to become more efficient. This study described the use of common data formats and specific interventions with physicians and nursing homes to reduce inpatient lengths of stay by four hospitals in Syracuse, New York. These initiatives saved over 28,000 patient days and an average daily census of 96.0 over a 3.5-year period.

MeSH terms

  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay*
  • Multi-Institutional Systems / organization & administration*
  • New York City
  • Nursing Homes
  • Patient Admission / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Discharge / statistics & numerical data
  • Patient Transfer / statistics & numerical data
  • United States