Discharge algorithm could save hospitals $860 per care episode

A new clinical decision support algorithm developed by Remedy, a company that connects employers, insurers and health systems, for patients being discharged could save hospital $860 per episode of care.

In the retrospective study, Remedy evaluated 15,887 patients age 65 and older who participated Medicare's bundled payment program. Outcomes were linked to spending over a 90-day episode, 90-day readmission and emergency department utilization.

The algorithm aims at determining the optimal next site of care for patients being discharged from hospitals. The goal was to help hospitals cut readmissions, ED use and overall spending costs.

Remedy found that when using the algorithm hospitals experienced an $860 decrease in spending, fewer readmissions and unchanged ED use over a 90-day episode.

The study was published in the June 2019 edition of The American Journal of Managed Care.

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