Mark S Brittan

We don’t have enough information about this author to calculate their statistics. If you think this is an error let us know.
Learn More
Hospital Readmission Rates Tara Trudnak and coauthors identified an average thirty-day all-cause readmission rate of 9.4 percent among Medicaid recipients, at an average annual cost of $77 million per state (Aug 2014). The authors point out that this and most other studies show variability in readmission rates across hospitals and regions. We suggest that(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Children who experience high health care costs are increasingly enrolled in clinical initiatives to improve their health and contain costs. Hospitalization is a significant cost driver. We describe hospitalization trends for children with highest annual inpatient cost (CHIC) and identify characteristics associated with persistently(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the impact of a quality improvement collaborative on quality and efficiency of pediatric discharges. METHODS This was a multicenter quality improvement collaborative including 11 tertiary-care freestanding children's hospitals in the United States, conducted between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012. Sites selected interventions(More)
BACKGROUND With increasingly complex pediatric inpatients, efficient and effective hospital discharge requires optimal interdisciplinary care coordination and communication. We describe the development of a discharge readiness report (DRR) for the electronic health record (EHR), an integrated summary of discharge-related information organized into a highly(More)
BACKGROUND Readmissions are an increasingly recognized quality metric that will likely affect payments to children's hospitals. Our aim was to inform future efforts to reduce readmissions by eliciting parent and provider perceptions of pediatric readmissions. METHODS We interviewed English- and Spanish-speaking parents and inpatient providers of children(More)
OBJECTIVE We examined whether the addition of a standardized discharge planning template (DPT) for the electronic medical record facilitated scheduling of outpatient neurology follow-up appointments in children hospitalized with seizures. METHODS We reviewed medical records of patients discharged from a children's hospital with a diagnosis of seizures(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the relationships between postdischarge emergency department visits, oral corticosteroid (OCS) use, and 15- to 90-day asthma readmission in children. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective study of 9288 children from 12 states in the Truven MarketScan Database, ages 2-18 years, hospitalized between January 1, 2009, and June 30, 2011, with asthma,(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the association between postdischarge outpatient follow-up and 30-day readmissions in Medicaid enrolled children with complex, chronic conditions. STUDY DESIGN This was a retrospective cohort analysis of Colorado Medicaid recipients with complex, chronic conditions who were discharged from the hospital between 2006 and 2008. The(More)