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Skilled Nursing Facility

Eleanor E Friedman, Wayne A Duffus
OBJECTIVES: To examine sociodemographic factors and chronic health conditions of people living with HIV (PLWHIV/HIV+) at least 65 years old and compare their chronic disease prevalence with beneficiaries without HIV. DESIGN: National fee-for-service Medicare claims data (parts A and B) from 2006 to 2009 were used to create a retrospective cohort of beneficiaries at least 65 years old. METHODS: Beneficiaries with an inpatient or skilled nursing facility claim, or outpatient claims with HIV diagnosis codes were considered HIV+...
October 23, 2016: AIDS
Nicole M Orr, Rebecca S Boxer, Mary A Dolansky, Larry A Allen, Daniel E Forman
Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) have emerged as an integral component of care for older adults with heart failure (HF). Despite their prominent role, poor clinical outcomes for the medically complex patients with HF managed in SNFs are common. Barriers to providing quality care include poor transitional care during hospital-to-SNF and SNF-to-community discharges, lack of HF training among SNF staff, and a lack of a standardized care process among SNF facilities. While no evidence-based practice standards have been established, various measures and tools designed to improve HF management in SNFs are being investigated...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Jill Cox, Loretta Kaes, Miguel Martinez, Daniel Moles
Skin temperature may help prospectively determine whether an area of skin discoloration will evolve into necrosis. A prospective, observational study was conducted in 7 skilled nursing facilities to determine if skin temperature measured using infrared thermography could predict the progression of discolored intact skin (blanchable erythema, Stage 1 pressure ulcer, or sus- pected deep tissue injury [sDTI]) to necrosis and to evaluate if nurses could effectively integrate thermography into the clinical setting...
October 2016: Ostomy/wound Management
Momotazur Rahman, David C Grabowski, Vincent Mor, Edward C Norton
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the observed differences in the risk-adjusted rehospitalization rates across skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) reflect true differences or merely differences in patient severity. SETTINGS: Elderly Medicare beneficiaries newly admitted to an SNF following hospitalization. STUDY DESIGN: We used 2009-2012 Medicare data to calculate SNFs' risk-adjusted rehospitalization rate. We then estimated the effect of these rehospitalization rates on the rehospitalization of incident patients in 2013, using an instrumental variable (IV) method and controlling for patient's demographic and clinical characteristics and residential zip code fixed effects...
October 21, 2016: Health Services Research
A Parker Ruhl, Minxuan Huang, Elizabeth Colantuoni, Robert K Lord, Victor D Dinglas, Alexandra Chong, Kristin A Sepulveda, Pedro A Mendez-Tellez, Carl B Shanholtz, Donald M Steinwachs, Peter J Pronovost, Dale M Needham
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the time-varying relationship of annual physical, psychiatric, and quality of life status with subsequent inpatient healthcare resource use and estimated costs. DESIGN: Five-year longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: Thirteen ICUs at four teaching hospitals. PATIENTS: One hundred thirty-eight patients surviving greater than or equal to 2 years after acute respiratory distress syndrome. INTERVENTIONS: None...
September 29, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
G Suleyman, R Kenney, M J Zervos, A Weinmann
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Outpatient parenteral therapy (OPAT) has become a safe and effective modality for patients requiring intravenous or prolonged antimicrobial therapy since the 1970s. It is being increasingly utilized in various settings; however, studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of clinic-based OPAT are limited. Since 2012, patients being considered for OPAT have required an infectious disease (ID) consultation at our institution. Candidates receiving once-daily antimicrobials who were ineligible for home infusion or nursing home placement as determined by their insurance companies and those who preferred the clinic over nursing home or home infusion were referred to the ID clinic...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Sung-Bou Kim, David S Zingmond, Emmett B Keeler, Lee A Jennings, Neil S Wenger, David B Reuben, David A Ganz
BACKGROUND: Identifying fall-related injuries and costs using healthcare claims data is cost-effective and easier to implement than using medical records or patient self-report to track falls. We developed a comprehensive four-step algorithm for identifying episodes of care for fall-related injuries and associated costs, using fee-for-service Medicare and Medicare Advantage health plan claims data for 2,011 patients from 5 medical groups between 2005 and 2009. METHODS: First, as a preparatory step, we identified care received in acute inpatient and skilled nursing facility settings, in addition to emergency department visits...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
J T Schousboe, M L Paudel, B C Taylor, A M Kats, B A Virnig, B E Dowd, L Langsetmo, K E Ensrud
: Older women with pre-fracture slow walk speed, high body mass index, and/or a high level of multimorbidity have significantly higher health care costs after hip fracture compared to those without those characteristics. Studies to investigate if targeted health care interventions for these individuals can reduce hip fracture costs are warranted. INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study is to estimate the associations of individual pre-fracture characteristics with total health care costs after hip fracture, using Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF) cohort data linked to Medicare claims...
October 14, 2016: Osteoporosis International
C Barrett Bowling, Laura Plantinga, Rasheeda K Hall, Anna Mirk, Rebecca Zhang, Nancy Kutner
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The majority of older adults who initiate dialysis do so during a hospitalization, and these patients may require post-acute skilled nursing facility (SNF) care. For these patients, a focus on nondisease-specific problems, including cognitive impairment, depressive symptoms, exhaustion, falls, impaired mobility, and polypharmacy, may be more relevant to outcomes than the traditional disease-oriented approach. However, the association of the burden of nondisease-specific problems with mortality, transition to long-term care (LTC), and functional impairment among older adults receiving SNF care after dialysis initiation has not been studied...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Lee A Lindquist, Rachel K Miller, Wayne S Saltsman, Jennifer Carnahan, Theresa A Rowe, Alicia I Arbaje, Nicole Werner, Kenneth Boockvar, Karl Steinberg, Shahla Baharlou
We assembled a cross-cutting team of experts representing primary care physicians (PCPs), home care physicians, physicians who see patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNF physicians), skilled nursing facility medical directors, human factors engineers, transitional care researchers, geriatricians, internists, family practitioners, and three major organizations: AMDA, SGIM, and AGS. This work was sponsored through a grant from the Association of Subspecialty Physicians (ASP). Members of the team mapped the process of discharging patients from a skilled nursing facility into the community and subsequent care of their outpatient PCP...
October 4, 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Nancy M Birtley
Antipsychotic medications pose a significant risk to older adult patients with dementia and are frequently prescribed as first-line treatment for behaviors associated with dementia in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). SNFs are often cited by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for inappropriate antipsychotic medication use. The purpose of the current article is to communicate an evidence-based practice (EBP) clinical protocol that can guide clinicians away from prescribing antipsychotic medications in the treatment of dementia behaviors...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Sanaz Riahi, Ian C Dawe, Melanie I Stuckey, Philip E Klassen
Implementation of the Six Core Strategies to Reduce the Use of Seclusion and Restraint (Six Core Strategies) at a recovery-oriented, tertiary level mental health care facility and the resultant changes in mechanical restraint and seclusion incidents are described. Strategies included increased executive participation; enhanced staff knowledge, skills, and attitudes; development of restraint orders and decision support in the electronic medical record to enable informed debriefing and tracking of events; and implementation of initiatives to include service users and their families in the plan of care...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Scott A Berkowitz, Patricia Brown, Daniel J Brotman, Amy Deutschendorf, Linda Dunbar, Anita Everett, Debra Hickman, Eric Howell, Leon Purnell, Carol Sylvester, Ray Zollinger, Michele Bellantoni, Samuel C Durso, Constantine Lyketsos, Paul Rothman
To address the challenging health care needs of the population served by an urban academic medical center, we developed the Johns Hopkins Community Health Partnership (J-CHiP), a novel care coordination program that provides services in homes, community clinics, acute care hospitals, emergency departments, and skilled nursing facilities. This case study describes a comprehensive program that includes: a community-based intervention using multidisciplinary care teams that work closely with the patient's primary care provider; an acute care intervention bundle with collaborative team-based care; and a skilled nursing facility intervention emphasizing standardized transitions and targeted use of care pathways...
September 29, 2016: Healthcare
Rong Chen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
Kokui Elikplim Pomevor, Augustine Adomah-Afari
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to assess available human resources for neonatal care and their skills, in order to explore health providers' perceptions of quality of neonatal care in health facilities in Ghana. Design/methodology/approach Data were gathered using qualitative interviews with health providers working in the maternity and paediatric wards and midwives; direct observation; and documentary review at a regional hospital, a municipal hospital and four health centres in a municipality in a region in Southern Ghana...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Hong-Lin Chen, Wang-Qin Shen, Peng Liu
Although it is among the most commonly used pressure ulcer risk assessment tools, the Braden Scale may lack strong predictive validity when used in the long-term care setting. A meta-analysis was conducted of English-language articles published in the PubMed database and Web of Science from the indices' inception through July 2015 to assess the predictive validity of the Braden Scale for pressure ulcers in long-term care residents. Search terms included pressure ulcer, pressure sore, bedsore, decubitus, long-term care, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, hospice, and Braden...
September 2016: Ostomy/wound Management
J Joseph Gholson, Andrew J Pugely, Nicholas A Bedard, Kyle R Duchman, Christopher A Anthony, John J Callaghan
BACKGROUND: Postoperative discharge to a skilled nursing facility after total joint arthroplasty (TJA) is associated with increased costs, complications, and readmission. The purpose of this study was to identify the risk factors for discharge to a location other than home to build a calculator to predict discharge disposition after TJA. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database was queried from 2011 to 2013 to identify patients who underwent primary total hip or total knee arthroplasty...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Arthroplasty
Momotazur Rahman, Edward C Norton, David C Grabowski
As hospitals are increasingly held accountable for patients' post-discharge outcomes under new payment models, hospitals may choose to acquire skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to better manage these outcomes. This raises the question of whether patients discharged to hospital-based SNFs have better outcomes. In unadjusted comparisons, hospital-based SNF patients have much lower Medicare utilization in the 180 days following discharge relative to freestanding SNF patients. We solved the problem of differential selection into hospital-based and freestanding SNFs by using differential distance from home to the nearest hospital with a SNF relative to the distance from home to the nearest hospital without a SNF as an instrument...
September 3, 2016: Journal of Health Economics
Jennie Jaribu, Suzanne Penfold, Fatuma Manzi, Joanna Schellenberg, Constanze Pfeiffer
OBJECTIVE: To describe health workers' perceptions of a quality improvement (QI) intervention that focused on improving institutional childbirth services in primary health facilities in Southern Tanzania. DESIGN: A qualitative design was applied using in-depth interviews with health workers. SETTING: This study involved the Ruangwa District Reproductive and Child Health Department, 11 dispensaries and 2 health centres in rural Southern Tanzania...
2016: BMJ Open
Dori A Cross, Julia Adler-Milstein
BACKGROUND: Electronic health information exchange (HIE) is expected to help improve care transitions from hospitals to long-term care (LTC) facilities. We know little about the prevalence of hospital LTC HIE in the United States and what contextual factors may motivate or constrain this activity. RESEARCH DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis of U.S. acute-care hospitals responding to the 2014 AHA IT Supplement survey and with available readmissions data (n = 1,991)...
September 14, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
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