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In this study of more than 43,000 home health episodes following a hospitalization, handoffs between skilled nursing providers—a marker of discontinuity of care—substantially increased hospital readmissions, and were more detrimental for sicker patients. The estimates imply that a single handoff increases the likelihood of 30-day hospital readmission by 16% and that one in four hospitalizations during home health care could be avoided if handoffs were eliminated.
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home health, hospital readmissions, patient handoffs
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David G, Kim KL. The effect of workforce assignment on performance: Evidence from home health care. Journal of health economics. 2018 May 1;59:26-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2018.03.003
Date Posted: 01 June 2018