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Chest ; 162(4):A1485-A1486, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2060829


SESSION TITLE: Actionable Improvements in Safety and Quality SESSION TYPE: Rapid Fire Original Inv PRESENTED ON: 10/17/2022 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm PURPOSE: The overall mortality rate for patients ‘transfered’ to the medical intensive care units is thought to be significantly higher than the mortality rate amongst those admitted directly. (1) It has also been suggested that uninsured critically ill patients have a higher probability of being ‘transferred’ to other hospitals as well as a higher mortality rate. (2, 3) We aim to determine whether insurance coverage impacts the transfer of critically ill patients. METHODS: This study was conducted at a quaternary care hospital which is also a regional transfer center. We accessed the public data for the year 2020 through our institutions Transfer Center Dashboard, System Analytics. The two aspects of transferred patients we focused upon were: 1) Hospital service (subspecialty care required) and 2) Financial class. Major subspecialties included in the study were: Pulmonology, Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery, Cardiology, and Neurology. Our study was a patient safety project, hence it qualified for IRB exemption. We classified the percentage of transfers as ‘Accepted’, ‘Declined’, or ‘Canceled’;and determined the insurance status of the patient. RESULTS: We found a total of 3552 patients transfers were initiated. 31.9% (1136) transfer patients were accepted, 46.79% (1662) transfers were declined, and 21.23% (754) were canceled due to reasons including unsafe transfer, acceptance at other institutions, or death prior to transfer. Major categories for transfers were Pulmonology (16.1%), other Internal Medicine related diseases (15.3%), and Neurosurgery (11.8%) were the subspecialties with the highest rate of transfers. In terms of financial class, we determined that 44.81% (n=509) of the ICU transfers had no insurance, 27.81% (n=316) had Medicare support, and 17.81% (n=202) had managed care through a health maintenance organization (HMO);the remaining 9.59% had other insurance plans. We used a binomial test to determine the probability of a transfer under no insurance (p) with the formula p + q=1, across the total number of transfer requests (n). K was the number of actual transfers that occurred. Total transfer requests were n=3552, actual transfers were k=1136 and transfers without insurance were 509/44.8%, converted into p=0.45 with a resulting q of 0.55.For z-test, we used the formula z = ((K - np) +- 0.5) / √npq = 15.58. Our one-tailed probability of exactly, or fewer than, 1136(K) out of 3552(n) was p <.000001. Our study was limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic occurring in the same year. CONCLUSIONS: Based on our results, we conclude that the ‘uninsured’ patients are more susceptible to getting transferred to other institutions. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Critically ill ‘uninsured’ patients are selctively subjected to be transfered to other hospitals for higher level of care. These transfers may have significant health implications thereby resulting in higher morbidity and mortality in unisured populations. DISCLOSURES: No relevant relationships by Joodi Akhtar No relevant relationships by Sahar Fatima Advisory Committee Member relationship with Astra Zeneca Please note: 24 months Added 03/16/2022 by FAISAL MASUD, value=Honoraria Advisory Committee Member relationship with Teleflex Please note: 12 months Added 03/16/2022 by FAISAL MASUD, value=Consulting fee Advisory Committee Member relationship with La Jolla Please note: 12 months Added 03/16/2022 by FAISAL MASUD, value=Consulting fee No relevant relationships by Iqbal Ratnani No relevant relationships by Salim Surani No relevant relationships by Anza Zahid