Preventable Hospitalizations Down, Nursing Home Quality Steady, Report Finds

May 15, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Potentially preventable hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries have dropped 25% over the past four years, according to a report published last week.  The United Health Foundation's annual America's Health Ranking Senior Report also showed that hospital deaths among Medicare beneficiaries dropped 30% since 2013.

The number of beneficiaries readmitted to the hospital dropped 7% over the same timespan.  The report also gauged the nation's average nursing home quality — the percentage of certified skilled nursing beds rated four- or five-stars over a three-month period — to be 42.4% for 2017.  That's the same level reported by the group in 2016, and .1% less than the 2015 average.

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