McKnight’s reported that HSR: Health Services Research has found that one of the leading indicators of hospital readmission in nursing homes is the prevalence of pressure ulcers. HSR’s research found that quality measures like pressure ulcer rates could affect hospital readmission rates regardless of county. Nursing homes with long term residents with pressure sores were more likely to readmit residents to hospitals. The acuity of the residents also affected whether the facility had higher readmit rates. Other quality measures weren’t found to be good predictors of readmission. Overall, HSR found that the majority of reasons patients are readmitted to the hospital are for reasons beyond their control, including nursing home care. Pressure ulcer prevalence was found to be a good predictor of readmission. Readmission rates will affect skilled nursing facilities’ payments in 2018, according to a law passed last year.

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