Your patient is going to a SNF, should you follow her there?

A recent article from TeamHealth reviews the need to reduce hospital readmissions from SNFs. 

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on TeamHealth's website

Talk about the growing pressure on skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to keep patients from bouncing back to the hospital, and hospitalist Stephen Wilber, DO, will point to the success his group had in driving down SNF readmissions. But his experience illustrates the challenges that health care will face in reforming the quality of care that SNFs deliver.

Dr. Wilber is part of a private hospitalist group that practices at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark., which used to have hospitalists and advanced practice providers (APPs) follow patients into a local SNF. The hospitalist who discharged the patient from the hospital would see him or her in a day or two at the SNF to do a history and physical, then the patient would be followed in the SNF by one of the group’s NPs. Click here to continue>>

 

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