Skilled Nursing News July 5, 2022
Alex Zorn

Some healthy competition may be good for nursing home providers.

At least that’s what Kevin Griffith, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and an investigator at the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center, found when looking at hospital discharge patterns.

In a study published in Health Affairs this month, Griffith found that from 2013 to 2019 postdischarge care options varied widely across the country but that 30-day readmission rates were lower at hospitals that operated a palliative care service or had a greater local supply of primary care physicians and licensed nursing home beds.

“There certainly is variation in quality between SNFs. At least having a healthy market and access to these things for...

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