Monitoring our utilization metrics, emergency department visits remained relatively steady over the last five months as compared to January 2020 pre-COVID baseline utilization. On the other hand, acute care admissions, observation patients and ambulatory surgery fluctuated over this time. All remained below pre-COVID January 2020 baseline, as shown in Figure 1 below. Occupancy rates for psychiatric units in acute care hospitals increased over the past four months for Children’s National Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Howard University Hospital in particular (Figure 2).
Figure 1: Utilization Metrics Impact from COVID-19 Comparing Recent Months to January 2020
Figure 2: Psychiatric Unit Occupancy Rate by Hospital