Article by Marty Stempniak, McKnights Long-Term Care News

“Nearly a quarter of all heart failure patients experiencing shorter stays in skilled nursing facilities are readmitted to hospitals within 30 days, researchers have found.

New York University School of Medicine investigators discovered that hospital readmission risks could be up to four times higher for patients discharged from a skilled care setting in two days or less. The early readmission risk dropped by half among residents who remained in skilled care for one-to-two weeks. This study is the first detailed analysis of national readmission rates and risk factors among skilled care patients returning home.

Investigators suggested longer-stay patients had better outcomes because of the added rehab time, with extra hours to practice new exercise regimen, manage medications and figure out their diets.”

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