To mix metaphors, the medical industry is a confusing mountain of alphabet soup, multi-syllable words, and varied meaning. At Trella Health, we contribute vigorously to ending this confusion with this glossary of terms.
Please note, however, that many of the terms below are nuanced to our specific usage. As a data analytics company, we sometimes create metrics and avenues of understanding that provide subtle nuances of meaning. Most of the time, we do this to add clarity.
Feel free to let us know whether we succeeded.
The following terms are currently available:
Emergency Room (ER)
General Acute Care Hospital
Inpatient is used to identify the type of admission, stay, or discharge counted in a specific metric or used to calculate a metric or rate. An inpatient stay refers to a period of care at a General Acute Care Hospital (Aka Short-term Acute Care Hospital.) , such as admission to the ICU or a telemetry or Med/Surg floor.
This would be in contrast to outpatient services provided by a hospital - Emergency Room/Observational
Where would I find this?
Most hospitals submit inpatient and outpatient claims. In the table on the Facilities Explore page, hospitals will have two rows of metrics splitting out metrics derived from inpatient and outpatient claims.
Some hospitals that have a Skilled Nursing unit could also have SNF claims represented in the Facility Explore table.
Explore Page Filters
You can filter the Facilities Explore page to include only Inpatient facilities by using the "Claim Type" filter.
On many tables included in Analyze page tabs you can choose among multiple claim types to limit the facilities shown:
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