Hospital mortality reduction – Part 3

On this episode, we conclude our series on mortality by examining palliative care, home care and hospice care. These are underused yet better and more beneficial for end-of-life situations than traditional inpatient approaches.


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:

[00:28] Risk adjusted mortality: examining the most relevant hospice care approaches

[01:35] Effective palliative care

[01:58] Bullish on palliative care: broadening beyond the dying population

[03:24] Leveraging home care and hospice approaches

[05:02] Challenge in caring for a dying patient

[06:06] Facing mortality: getting the patient in the right place at the right time

[08:14] Mortality review: not finding fault but improving performance

[09:35] Example from mortality review: care for multiple myeloma patients


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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