Methodologies

AcuityPlus methodologies are research-based, clinically tested and proven workload measurement solutions. The methodology framework components:

  • Identify the patient’s needs for care, patient classification
  • Activity/Procedure classification
    • Admission, Discharge, Transfer In and Transfer Out Workload
    • Patient specific activities on and off unit
    • Workload related to other activities or non-registered patients

Complexity of Care Measurement, a component of Inpatient and Mental Health methodologies, provides an enhanced methodology to analyze patient populations and care requirements. It transforms the traditional method of recommending staffing skill mix based on acuity to one that is based on the complexity or relative need for professional care. This measurement is valuable in the staff assignment process, especially for new staff to incorporate the concepts of novice to expert in the assignment process. Additionally, the complexity measure provides another comparable metric of patient populations for trending and benchmarking.

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Inpatient Methodology

Applicable to medical/surgical and subspecialty populations, such as critical care, pediatrics, rehabilitation, step down and other clinical specialties, regardless of patient length of stay. The Inpatient methodology provides both acuity and a complexity of care measure for every patient.

Mental Health Methodology

Applicable to psychiatric inpatient and partial hospitalization populations, including chemical dependency, child/adolescent, geriatric, medical and more.

Perinatal Methodology

Based on the maternal and infant physiological stages, this methodology captures workload statistics regardless of service configurations. Detailed workload and staffing information is provided for each stage from antepartum through postpartum, and for the newborn infant. This methodology includes a procedural component to capture the workload associated with patient activities both prior to admission and during the patient admission stay.

Emergency Methodology

Specific to the Emergency Department patient population, this methodology’s data outputs include patient acuity and suggested staffing levels, as well as LOS and utilization information. The methodology includes options to capture workload in multiple phases of care. This includes an option to incorporate the Triage workload, and to capture patient needs during the visit stage and inpatient stage (post visit care time).

Ambulatory Methodology

Captures and tracks patient volume and workload in the clinic setting, providing information to measure and evaluate resource allocation. This methodology also features wait and service time measures to assist with an evaluation and resolution of treatment delays.

Custom Methodologies

A framework to facilitate the entry of custom workload measurement methodologies for other departments, such as PACU, cardiac catheterization lab, pharmacy, radiology, housekeeping.