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Hospitals, just like other businesses, must operate efficiently and generate revenue to remain solvent and competitive. While their primary concern is providing quality care to their patients, it’s also unavoidable that administrators must monitor the bottom line. One would not be possible without the other.
As many hospitals create 24/7 Obstetric Emergency Departments (OBEDs) licensed under their existing Emergency Departments (EDs), a changing dynamic has emerged that directly impacts their revenue. The severity of a patient’s condition in the ED is calculated using what is called an “acuity scoring tool.” Accordingly, new OBEDS are using the ED’s tool to calculate acuity among obstetric patients, but the two are completely different.
An ED’s scoring tool is calibrated on the high end of the trauma scale. Obstetric patients rarely rise to the acuity level of, say, a gunshot wound. So using the same measurement tool for both the ED and the OBED is neither accurate nor recommended. Recent findings by Ob Hospitalist Group actually quantify the difference in terms of facility fee revenue.