It should come as no surprise that 94% of skilled nursing facilities surveyed by the American Health Care Association reported staffing shortages, with 73% reporting that the situation is worse than it was in 2020.
There’s a good reason to be concerned about rehospitalizations – the cost is considerable for the national healthcare system, providers, and for the patients who bounce back to the hospital from a nursing home.
Medical care is fraught with uncertainty, especially during times of transition. Patients bear medical, mental, emotional, psychological, and financial burdens when they are readmitted shortly after being discharged from the hospital.
Congestive heart failure (CHF) leads to more hospitalizations and readmissions than either pneumonia or heart attacks and CHF is estimated to be the primary diagnosis for one-quarter of patients in skilled nursing facilities.
When you consider that one in five Medicare patients are rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge to a skilled nursing facility – the challenge to improve clinical outcomes and protect revenue is compelling.
Over half of COVID-19 patients who return to the emergency department within two weeks of discharge require hospital readmission. Respiratory complications were the most common cause for the return visit.