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 Fast Facts

 
  • 12% of residents in residential care visited the emergency department in the last 90 days
  • 10% of residents were discharged from and overnight stay in the hospital
  • 18% of residents were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge
 

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Hospital Readmissions

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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 residents and has been identified by policymakers and providers as an opportunity to reduce overall health care system costs. The issue has become a top priority for CMS and managed care programs over the past several years.

Members of NCAL can register and use LTC Trend Tracker to upload and monitor their hospital readmission rates. The online platform allows assisted living communities to compare their results against their peers.

 

 
​​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.​
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