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November 2022 Utilization Report

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All utilization metrics remained consistent from last month to the current month reported compared to pre-COVID baselines. There was a slight decrease in psychiatric admissions volumes volume going from -24% in October 2022 to -25% below baseline in November 2022. The same pattern was noted for emergency department admissions volumes which moved from -21% in October to -22% in November. While acute care admissions remained steady at -17% below baseline, observations admissions were the only metric that showed a steeper drop going from 9% above baseline last month to -9% below it.

October 2022 Utilization Report

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Highlights: There was a noted increase across all utilization metrics this month compared to pre-COVID baselines: psychiatric admissions have the biggest increase in volume going from -31% to -24% below January 2020 baseline. Emergency department visits slightly increased going from -24% last month to -21% below pre-COVID, and ambulatory surgery changed from -12% to -8% (Fig.1). Although October 2022 observation visits remained above the January 2020 pre-COVID baseline for the third month in a row with volume 9% greater than the baseline month, the volume was below both October 2020 and October 2021 by -7% and -4% respectively.

September 2022 Utilization Report

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Looking at utilization metrics, there are slight fluctuations in volumes across all measures. Emergency department visits slightly increased going from -25% last month to -24% below pre-COVID baselines while acute care admissions on the other hand saw a minor decrease this month, going from -13% in August to -19% below baselines. Psychiatric and observation admissions also show a little variation from last month to the current month (Fig. 1). Newborn admissions show a decrease this month with the lowest volume observed since May 2022 after last month’s spike. See Table 11 of the report for details.

August 2022 Utilization Report

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Highlights: Looking at utilization metrics, all measures show an increase in volumes this month. Emergency department visits went from -27% last month to -25%this  month below pre-COVID baselines. The biggest increase in volumes was for ambulatory surgeries going from -21% to -4% below baselines (see Fig. 1). Moreover, there is an increase in newborn admissions, the highest volume in the last 15 months as depicted in Table 11 of the report.

July 2022 Utilization Report

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Highlights: Looking at utilization metrics, all four measures tracked in Fig. 1, except acute care admissions, show a decrease in volumes for the month. Emergency department visits went from -19% last month to -27% below pre-COVID baselines in July. Ambulatory surgeries and psychiatric admissions follow the same pattern going from -6% to -21% and -28% to -32% below baselines respectively (see Fig. 1). Moreover, all five birthing hospitals saw an increase in newborn admissions for July with the highest cumulative number of admissions since December 2021 as reported in Table 11 of the report.

June 2022 Utilization Report

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Hospitals submitting June data showed a slight increase in emergency department visits this month going from -28% last month to -27% in June compared to pre-COVID baselines*. Acute care admissions, psychiatric admissions and ambulatory care surgeries on the other hand showed minor decreases in volumes. These are reflected in the percent change graphs displayed in Figure 1 below. Two of the hospitals reporting psychiatric admissions saw their lowest volumes over the 15-month period ending June 2022. See Table 7 of the report for details.

May 2022 Utilization Report

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Comparing utilization metrics to pre-COVID baselines, most metrics show a noted change in May throughout the report. There was a slight increase of acute care admissions as it went from 14% below baseline last month to -13% in May, and psychiatric admissions increased from -22% to -21%. Emergency department visits also show a slight increase going from -25% below baseline last month to -20%. Although ambulatory surgeries show great fluctuation over the past months and there was a slight decrease in volumes in May, utilization remained near pre-COVID levels over the last 15 months displayed.

April 2022 Utilization Report

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Comparing utilization metrics to pre-COVID baselines, most metrics show a noted decrease during April throughout the report. Acute care admissions went from -10% below baseline last month to -14% in April, while psychiatric admissions decreased from -14% to -22%. Emergency department visits also show a slight decrease going from -24% below baseline last month to -25%. Though observation visits were also down slightly for the month of April, utilization of these services remains at or near pre-COVID levels over the last 15 months displayed.

March 2022 Utilization Report

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Highlights: Comparing utilization metrics to pre-COVID baselines, most metrics show a noted increase in volumes this month throughout the report. Acute care admissions went up from -23% to -10% below baseline, with all hospitals presenting higher volumes. Emergency Department visits increased going from -39% to -24% below baseline. Notably, ambulatory surgeries returned to levels greater than the pre-COVID baseline for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic at 8% greater than pre- COVID baseline for the month of March (Fig. 1).

 

2021 Calendar Year Utilization Report

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The charts and tables in this publication are intended to provide aggregate and comparative data on health care facility utilization in the District of Columbia. The source of the data is the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s Monthly Utilization Survey (self-reported by individual facilities).

© 2023. District of Columbia Hospital Association.