New study finds shorter stays in SNFs are linked to higher risk of readmission
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New study finds shorter stays in SNFs are linked to higher risk of readmission

Almost 25 percent of all heart failure patients who complete shorter stays in skilled care settings are readmitted to hospitals within 30 days, according to a recent study from investigators at the New York University School of Medicine. The study’s researchers analyzed Medicare data from 2012 to 2015 that included roughly 67,585 heart failure patients ages 65 and older.

Other key findings from the study include:

  • The risk of hospital readmission is up to four times higher for patients discharged from a skilled nursing facility (SNF) in two days or less
  • Among patients who remained in a skilled care setting for one-to-two weeks, the risk of early readmission dropped by 50 percent
  • Researchers indicated longer-stay patients saw better outcomes due to the added rehab time, including extra hours to practice new exercise and diet routines as well as managing medications

Find more information about the study here.

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