A collaborative initiative between nurse practitioners (NPs), doctors, and other medical staff to help patients discharged from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility lowered 30-day hospital readmissions.
According to Skilled Nursing News, the Enhanced Care Program fosters collaboration between medical staff and patients in settings where nurse practitioners were available around the clock; medication reconciliation procedures were also followed at the time of transfer, and the program included educational in-services for SNF staff, in addition to standard care.
Bradley Rosen of Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, along with his colleagues, conducted an observational, retrospective cohort evaluation between Jan. 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, to see if the program reduced 30-day hospital readmissions. The researchers found that, after adjusting for sociodemographic and clinical characteristics, the patients in the intervention group who received care under the enhanced program were 29% less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days than those in the control group were.
Read the full story at Skilled Nursing News.