Analytics in Action

  • The Dichotomy of Mental Health Needs in Older Americans

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    May is both Older Americans Month and National Mental Health Month. Older Americans are sometimes viewed as a single group in terms of mental health, but do data support this? In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO investigates differences in “younger” and “older” older adults.

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  • Breaking Point: Suicidality in 2020

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    Unemployment, financial and health crises, and family and childcare strain were some of the unprecedented stressors faced by the average person in 2020. In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO investigated the potential influence of these pressures on the rate of suicidality on 2020 adult inpatients.

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  • Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness

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    March is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month. In addition to the physical implications of TBI on a person, mental health is commonly impacted. In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO dives into data to see how common these patients are in our facilities and what differentiates them from other…

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  • Off the Beaten Path: 2020’s Impact on Adult Inpatients

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    2020 was a doozy, with unprecedented challenges to delivering care to behavioral health patients in need. With 2020 now firmly in the rearview mirror, MHO took a look at what data tell us about how adult inpatients fared and what that means for 2021.

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  • ABCs NPS MHO_CQI

    The ABC’s of NPS

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    Net Promoter Score is quickly becoming a new buzz term in behavioral health. But what is it? What does it mean? How do facilities use it? In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO shares what you need to know about this metric taking the behavioral health field by storm.

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  • Coping with Cravings

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    Substance use affects most adult inpatients. In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO probes into the severity of cravings at admission and the impact different substances may have on those cravings.

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  • Fostering Independence

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    Self-efficacy is a key component of recovery and patients’ ability to tackle daily life. In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO explores outcomes data for insights into how well behavioral health facilities are fostering a sense of self-efficacy and independence in inpatients.

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  • Outcomes Tool Selection

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    Picking the right clinical assessment outcomes tool to assist in treatment planning and monitoring program performance can be a challenge, especially when balancing the practical and ideal. Often in a push for efficiency, providers select a tool with a narrow diagnostic scope due to how quickly they can be completed.…

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  • Outcomes in Tobacco Users

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    The rate of tobacco use amongst psychiatric inpatients continues to be several multiples higher than the rate of the general population. This month, MHO dives into inpatient tobacco use rates, how those patients fare in treatment, and potential steps toward improving their outcomes.

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  • Is Patient Satisfaction Related to Diagnosis?

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    In Behavioral Healthcare, the use of seclusion and restraint is limited to situations that pose imminent danger to patients or staff. When used, these interventions are rigorously monitored and analyzed to prevent future use. In fact, some MHO clients have been able to eliminate these interventions entirely. This month, MHO…

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  • Seclusions and Restraint use in the Inpatient setting

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    In Behavioral Healthcare, the use of seclusion and restraint is limited to situations that pose imminent danger to patients or staff. When used, these interventions are rigorously monitored and analyzed to prevent future use. In fact, some MHO clients have been able to eliminate these interventions entirely. This month, MHO…

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  • First Impressions Matter

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    Participating in step-down outpatient care following an inpatient stay is important for maintaining gains made during the inpatient stay. This month, MHO takes a look at how patient satisfaction may be able to help boost the number of patients that participate in step-down, and how patient satisfaction changes with subsequent…

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  • Is it really just the winter blues?

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    With Winter Solstice behind us and Spring looming, you might be thinking things are looking up for patients that suffer from seasonal depression. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is not considered a separate disorder, but rather a type of depression displaying a recurring seasonal pattern. While SAD is based on timing,…

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  • Social Determinants of Health

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    It is generally accepted that a hospital’s case mix influences their outcomes, so what’s influencing case mix? In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO investigates the impact of social determinants in a hospital’s surrounding community on the hospital’s case mix.

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  • HBIPS-1: Admission Screening

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    Inpatient screening practices within the first 3 days of admission for 5 components are reported by facilities participating in TJC’s Hospital Based Inpatient Psychiatric Services (HBIPS). Because many facilities do well on this quality measure (HBIPS-1), it is said to be “topped out”. But can it still provide useful information?…

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  • Stepping Down

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    Participating in step-down outpatient care following an inpatient stay is thought to correspond to better outcomes for patients. This month, MHO takes a look at outcomes data along the step-down paths available to patients.

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  • What behavioral problems are residential youth self-reporting?

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    Regardless of level of care, youth can experience difficulties across behavioral domains. In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO explores differences and similarities in the behavioral problems reported by residential youth patients by age and sex.

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  • Out with the old, in with the new?

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    Is newer always better? What do patients think? This month, MHO set out to take a look at how new construction facilities compare to existing facilities in patient satisfaction, and what each type of facility can do to boost satisfaction.

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  • Alcohol Quality Measure

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    MHO has patient level quality data that is reported publicly in aggregate form for over 200 inpatient facilities, but what do those data tell us about the patients we see and the treatment they receive? This month, we take a look at how well patient substance use screening results align…

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  • Examining Youth Residential Treatment Programs

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    Children and adolescents are often treated in a residential setting side by side. But is that where the similarities end? In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO explores data differences between child and adolescent RTC programs.

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  • 2 Truths & A Lie

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    When a patient is admitted to an inpatient program, clinicians have an idea of how long their length of stay ought to be. Often times, though, a patient’s length of stay ends up substantially shorter. In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO explores the usefulness of outcomes for patients with…

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  • Can’t Get No Satisfaction Without Clinical Outcomes

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    The race for top patient satisfaction scores is neck and neck, leaving programs to wonder what they can do to pull ahead of the pack. In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO looks into the relationship between clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, and explores how performance in clinical outcomes can…

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  • Is Facetime the new Face-to-Face?

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    Telemedicine is a rapidly expanding tool that provides prompt care by connecting patients to doctors via technology. With psychiatrists in short supply and more facilities adopting Telemedicine, we asked: What do patients think of Telemedicine?

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  • IT’S COMPLICATED

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    Medical comorbidities are the rule, not the exception, for psychiatric inpatients of all ages. In this month’s Analytics in Action, MHO looks into just how common medical comorbidities are, which ones inpatients present with the most, and how you can use this information to provide enhanced care for your patients.

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