Hospital mortality reduction – Part 1

“The longer you stay in the hospital, the higher chance that you have of dying in that hospital.” So says our guest in this crucial series on reducing hospital mortality. Mortality, always a leading quality indicator, is under increasing public scrutiny, with mounting pressure on health care organizations to reduce it. In this three-part series, we will discuss the multiple factors that affect hospital mortality and come into play when trying to lower mortality rates.


Guest speaker:

Steve Meurer, PhD, MBA, MHS

Executive Principal

Data Science and Member Insights




Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM


Clinical Operations and Quality



Show Notes:

[01:43] Tracking a quality indicator

[03:04] Improvement is multifactorial

[03:49] The longer the stay, the higher the chance of mortality

[04:38] Effective mortality review

[05:58] Effective clinical documentation


Links | Resources:

To contact Modern Practice:

Steve Meurer’s contact email:

To contact Tom regarding mortality reduction:

Mortality Measures Hospital-Specific Reports (CMS) Click here

Selected Best Practices and Suggestions for Improvement – Mortality (AHRQ) Click here

Variation in US Hospital Mortality Rates for Patients Admitted With COVID-19 During the First 6 Months of the Pandemic (JAMA Internal Medicine) Click here


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