Enhancing Equity in Length of Stay with Configo Health’s Opus

Overview of the Problem

Disparities in the length of hospital stay between different patient populations reflect an enduring inequity in pediatric care. Variations in length of stay can signal disparate health outcomes, uneven resource use, and potential bias in care practices. These disparities impact not only the health and wellbeing of children but also the hospital’s financial health, U.S. News performance, and regulatory compliance.

The Role Opus Plays

Opus, Configo Health’s benchmarking analytics platform, stands as a robust tool in the fight against these disparities. With a database comprising over 14 million pediatric encounters, Opus utilizes advanced analytics to identify trends and potential sources of variation in outcomes across different patient populations.

Opus Equity takes that robust data set and applies an equity lens, allowing your hospital to visualize and compare its performance with other children’s hospitals across different patient populations (race, ethnicity, SES, sex and age), thereby highlighting areas for improvement. It integrates seamlessly into existing workflows, enabling the transformation of complex data into actionable insights to effect meaningful changes in clinical practice.

Value Created by Opus

  • Enhanced Equity: By identifying the sources of length of stay disparities, Opus aids in the creation of targeted interventions to improve equity in care.
  • Cost Savings: Reducing unnecessary variations in length of stay promotes efficient resource utilization, translating into significant cost savings.
  • U.S. News Performance: Improved equity in length of stay contributes to better health outcomes, enhancing your hospital’s U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals ranking.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Opus supports your hospital in adhering to and surpassing regulatory requirements related to healthcare disparities, enhancing both compliance and reputation.
  • Improved Reimbursement: With the ongoing shift towards value-based care, improved equity in length of stay can strengthen your negotiating position for better reimbursement rates. Opus provides the evidence to substantiate these discussions.

How to Use Opus to Solve this Problem

Opus Equity was created to identify disparities between patient populations within your organization and compare your outcomes to external benchmarks. The platform contains specific reports tailored to displaying LOS across diagnostic and procedural groups and highlighting disparities by patient populations. Hospitals can easily visualize, for example, the LOS for patients with a specific diagnosis, for example patients admitted for Bronchiolitis, and the patient demographics of those patients highlighting where different groups diverge in outcome. All of these reports bring in comparisons to external benchmarks, creating a truly best in class Equity suite of tools for tackling healthcare disparities at your organization.

At Configo Health, we stand alongside you in your journey towards improved equity in pediatric healthcare. With Opus, you not only have an advanced benchmarking analytics platform but also a strategic partner committed to driving impactful improvements in access, efficiency, and financial health.

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