Study: SNFs With Poor Quality Ratings Do Not Readmit More Patients To Hospitals

Research findings in the American Journal of Medical Quality suggest low-quality and high-quality skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) readmit approximately the same number of residents to hospitals. Researchers analyzed readmissions from 17 Massachusetts SNFs that accepted patients from a nearby medical center between 2008 and 2011. The 30-day all-cause hospital readmission rate was about 22% for seven SNFs with a one star Nursing Home Compare rating, which indicates below average care quality. For those with two or more stars, the readmission rate was 18%, which researchers do not consider statistically significant. Researchers also analyzed a variety of care processes in place at the SNFs and found that none of them had a statistically significant association with lowered readmission rates. However, researchers did note that SNFs with the ability to intravenously administer furosemide, a diuretic drug given to alleviate symptoms of heart failure patients, did lower readmissions almost to the level of statistical significance.

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