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Shifts in ALOS for Certain Surgical Procedures

As health systems transition from volume to value, a growing number of appendectomy, mastectomy, and thyroid procedures are shifting to outpatient facilities. However, when these procedures are performed as inpatient surgeries, patients’ average length of stay (ALOS) is increasing, implying that more severe cases are handled in hospitals, and likely will remain there. Hospitals should consider future demand and volume for these surgery services, capacity for an increase in hospital outpatient volume, and staffing and operational implications.

Published: November 2016

Type: FactFile

Length: 2 pages

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