Early Post-SNF Discharge Care at Home May Be Associated With Lower Risks of Readmissions
July 28, 2017 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
A home health visit within one week of a resident's discharge from a skilled-nursing facility (SNF) is associated with reduced risk of 30-day hospital readmissions, says a new study recently published in JAMDA. The authors noted that many older adults experience a common trajectory of hospital admission, discharge to SNF, and eventual transition home. They also noted the lack in evidence of patient characteristics, needs, and outcomes of those who have returned home. For example, evidence has shown that transitions from hospital to home are at risk for adverse drug events, emergency department visits, and hospital readmissions.