Pulmonary Medicine / 2018 / Article / Tab 2

Research Article

Outcomes of a Clinical Pathway for Pleural Disease Management: “Pleural Pathway”

Table 2

Outcomes data for inpatient pleural care (DRG codes) during the two eras: “prior to pathway” versus “pathway.”

Pleural conditionInpatient admissions in prior to pathway era Inpatient admissions during pathway eraAverage LOS
in prior to pathway era
(days)
Average LOS during pathway era (days)Average case charges in prior to pathway era ($)Average case charges during pathway era ($)

Pleural effusion with MCC¥ & CC433.003.0022,884.7 17,092
Pleural effusion without MCC¥ & CC332.672.67 12,874.3 24,081.6
Pneumothorax with MCC¥305.670 36,637.30
Pneumothorax with CC522.803.0018,706.6 14,277.5
Pneumothorax without CC & MCC¥215.502.0017,967 11,563
Overall pleural conditions 1793.652.7821,73718,818.2

MCC: major complications/comorbid conditions such as congestive heart failure, stroke, coma, acute MI, HIV, acute respiratory failure, and cardiac arrest. CC: complications/comorbid conditions such as angina, delirium, dementia, anemia, cachexia, and COPD with exacerbation.

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