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Temple University Hospital’s COVID Outcomes Compare Favorably to State and National Benchmarks in Newly Released AAMC Medicare Data

News February 24, 2021

New data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Medicare Catchment Area Report 2021 shows that Temple University Hospital’s COVID-19 outcomes compare favorably to state and national benchmarks in the report. The report is a January – June 2020 performance snapshot of Temple University Hospital’s Medicare inpatients with a COVID-19 diagnosis, relative to those state and national benchmarks.

The data released in the report showed that for the six months being tracked:

  • 13% of Temple University Hospital’s (TUH) nearly 3,000 Medicare inpatient cases had a COVID-19 diagnosis, significantly higher compared to 7% in Temple’s five-county catchment area, 4% in Pennsylvania and 3% across the United States.
  • TUH’s inpatient COVID mortality rate was 15% lower than the state and 28% lower than the U.S.
  • Within 30 days post-discharge, TUH’s COVID patient mortality rates were 32% and 33% lower than the state and nation, respectively.
  • TUH was just 2% above the state average for percent of COVID inpatients requiring ventilator care, and 21% lower than the national average.
  • The percent of TUH’s COVID patients requiring the ICU was 28% lower than the state and 9% lower than the nation.
  • TUH’s average length of stay for COVID patients was just a half-day longer than the state average, and the same as the national average.

“I applaud Temple’s amazing COVID care teams,” said Michael A, Young, MHA, FACHE, President and CEO of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital. “Temple’s teams were able to achieve these outcomes taking care of a segment of the population recognized as highest risk of getting the sickest and dying from COVID.”