- Length of stay
Length of stay (LOS) is a term commonly used to measure the duration of a single episode of hospitalization. Inpatient days are calculated by subtracting day of admission from day of
discharge. However, persons entering and leaving a hospital on the same day have a length of stay of one. (See hospital.)
A popular statistic associated with length of stay is the average length of stay (ALOS), calculated by dividing the sum of inpatient days by the number of patients admitted with the same DRG classification.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Servicesprospective payment system for reimbursing hospitalcare promotes shorter LOS by paying the same amount for procedures, regardless of days spent in the hospital.
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