A new study published in Health Affairs found Medicare patients were readmitted to hospitals less frequently in communities with more postdischarge care options available, such as more nursing home beds and primary care physicians.
Researchers used national, hospital-level data to assess whether the supply of postdischarge care options in hospitals’ catchment areas was associated with readmission rates for Medicare patients after hospitalizations for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, or pneumonia.
- Local Supply Of Postdischarge Care Options Tied To Hospital Readmission Rates. Health Affairs. July 2022.