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  • Hospital readmissions cost Medicare $26 billion annually 
  • 34.5% of assisted living residents were treated in the ER in 2010
  • 23.8% of assisted living residents were admitted to the hospital in 2010

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Hospital Readmissions

Hospitalization is disrupting to elderly individuals and puts them at greater risk for complications and infections. Hospitalization also increases the likelihood of reduced functioning on return to the assisted living community.

Hospital readmissions not only have the potential for negative physical, emotional and psychological impacts on assisted living residents, but also cost the Medicare program billions of dollars.

Preventing these events whenever possible is always beneficial to patients and has been identified by policymakers and providers as an opportunity to reduce overall health care system costs through improvements in quality. The issue has become a top priority for CMS and managed care programs over the past several years.

Unlike skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities are not required to publicly report hospital readmission data.  To track this data for assisted living communities, NCAL has collaborated with the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Patient Safety Organization (PSO).  The primary function of a PSO is to allow healthcare providers to report quality and patient safety data without fear of legal discovery.

Therefore, through the National PSO for Assisted Living, NCAL members can electronically submit their performance on clinical performance outcomes (including readmissions) and processes while still protecting themselves from any liability issues as a result of their data.  Learn more or join the PSO today!  If your community is not an NCAL member and would like to join the PSO, you can contact your AHCA/NCAL State Affiliate to learn about joining AHCA/NCAL to be eligible to sign up for the PSO.  

​DISCLAIMER: The AHCA/NCAL quality programs’ contents, including their goals and standards, represent some preferred practices, but do not represent minimum standards or expected norms for skilled nursing and/or assisted living providers. As always, the provider is responsible for making clinical decisions and providing care that is best for each individual person.​