Share Medicare Patients At Risk Of Long-Term Institutionalization After Hospital Stay

Share Medicare Patients At Risk Of Long-Term Institutionalization After Hospital Stay.

“Galveston – Confirming many elderly patients’ worst fears, a national study has shown that being hospitalized for an acute event, such as a stroke or hip fracture, can lead to long-term institutionalization in a nursing home. Equally alarming, researchers found that direct discharge to a skilled nursing facility — a common practice designed to reduce hospital stays — put patients at “extremely high risk” of needing long-term nursing home care.”