Hospital mortality reduction – Part 2

Reducing hospital mortality is crucial to improve care and meet stringent reporting and reimbursement requirements. Improvements involve a complex effort involving multiple areas in the organization. On this episode, we continue our series on mortality by focusing on transfer centers and admissions as factors in reducing mortality.


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:

[00:35] Risk adjusted mortality: focusing on one factor can make a difference

[02:13] Transferring patients

[02:40] Example: using telehealth instead of transfers for stroke patients

[03:16] Example: developing a co-management program

[04:08] Example: mini-ICU in the ER

[04:39] Example: in-hospital mortality for sepsis patients

[05:33] Supportive care for the dying patient


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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