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In this study of more than 17 million Medicare hospitalizations between 2010 and 2016, patients discharged to home health care had a 5.6 percent higher 30-day readmission rate than similar patients discharged to a skilled nursing facility (SNF). There was no difference in mortality or functional outcomes between the two groups, but home health care was associated with an average savings of $4,514 in total Medicare payments in the 60 days after the first hospital admission.
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Long-term care, skilled nursing facility, home health care
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Werner, R.M., Coe, N.B., Qi, M, Konetzka, R.T. Patient Outcomes After Hospital Discharge to Home With Home Health Care vs to a Skilled Nursing Facility. JAMA Intern Med. DOI:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.7998
Date Posted: 29 March 2019