LeadingAge New York Adviser Fall 2015 Vol. 1 - Page 12

Feature Monitoring Data Electronically for Better Patient Care Part 3 of 3: Parker Jewish Institute’s Data Collection Leads to More Efficient Care P arker Jewish Institute for Healthcare and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park is a 527-bed non-profit leader in sub-acute care, short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, medical model adult day health care, social model Alzheimer’s adult day care, home health care and hospice care. It is recognized as a leader in monitoring clinical outcomes and even received a 2013 “Excellence in Technology” Gold Award from McKnight’s, the largest long term care industry magazine in the U.S. From a clinical perspective, census tracking that is updated every 15 minutes has enabled Parker Jewish to offer patient care that is appropriately staffed. When Parker began its data collection efforts, it faced an overwhelming challenge. “Our leaders had the foresight to see that changing reimbursement methods would eventually connect payments to proven clinical outcomes,” says Michael N. Rosenblut, president and CEO of Parker Jewish Institute. “Additionally, they wanted to look at certain metrics in real time.” “We had to set goals regarding what to collect,” Rosenblut says. With the organization’s various components, there were many potential areas to monitor via data collection. This included pharmacy, census, transportation, dietary costs and overall labor costs. However, leaders soon realized they were collecting too much data and had to pare information down to 10 to 12 key areas. After a careful review, areas that are followed closely now fall under: • nursing home census by payer mix and unit • pharmacy costs per day • dietary costs per day • transportation • overall weekly payroll/full-time employees Making Changes Based on Better Data Because leaders at Parker Jewish keep a close watch on data, they have been able to make some cost-efficient changes. One area where cost savings have particularly come into play is with the tracking of overtime charges, especially during a snowstorm or other natural (See Monitoring Data on page 12) After a careful review, areas that are followed closely now fall under: Nursing home census by payer mix and unit Pharmacy costs per day Dietary costs per day Transportation Overall weekly payroll/full-time employees 11 Adviser a publication of LeadingAge New York | Fall 2015