Observation Unit Pilot

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in News from Administration | 0 comments

On March 17, we started a 3-month pilot on observation patients on 5W in the old SCU. The goal of this 4-bed unit is to better identify and manage observation patients. We are taking these patients who are poorly identified and intermixed with inpatients on the units, and moving them to one area where we are supported and enabled as a team to identify and care for them more efficiently. With the new CMS IPPS 2 Midnight rule for inpatients, the number of observation patients will increase at least two-fold, and it is in our patients’ best interest to provide them with this high quality, time efficient care.

By Ursula N. Boynton, M.D.
Administrative Medical Director

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