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In this study of postacute care, more than 10% of Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) stays included no visit from a physician or advanced practitioner. Of stays with visits, about half of initial assessments occurred within a day of admission, and nearly 80% occurred within four days. Patients who did not receive a visit from a physician or advanced practitioner were nearly twice as likely to be readmitted to a hospital (28%) or to die (14%) within 30 days of SNF admission than patients who had an initial visit.
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Medicare, skilled nursing facilities, post-acute care
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Ryskina KL, Yuan Y, Teng S, Burke RE. Assessing ‘First Visits’ By Physicians To Medicare Patients Discharged To Skilled Nursing Facilities. Health Affairs. 2019 Apr; 38 (4). DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05458
Date Posted: 05 June 2019