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Medicare Could Safely Trim Nursing Home Rehab Costs, Study Finds

May 3, 2021, 8:02 PM

Medicare could likely cut spending—without adverse health outcomes—for beneficiaries rehabilitating in nursing homes following a hospital stay, according to research published Monday in Health Affairs journal.

Researchers found “no clear evidence” that patient safety was “significantly compromised” by earlier discharge from a nursing facility before increased patient cost-sharing kicked in after the 20th day.

In fact, large reductions of more than a week in nursing home stays “were not associated with clear evidence of compromised patient safety as measured by death, hospitalization for fall-related injuries, or all-cause hospitalization,” the report said.

The finding “really supports the idea of exploring...

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