Research Briefs

Date of this Version

4-1-2019

Abstract

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.

Document Type

Brief

Number

52

License

Creative Commons License
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Keywords

Medicare, skilled nursing facilities, post-acute care

Citation For This Study

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

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Date Posted: 05 June 2019