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Providence Nursing Home Helps Reduce Number of Hospital Readmissions

March 18, 2013

Arlene Carter

Issaquah, WA (March 18, 2013)—By focusing on early detection and prevention of medical complications, Providence Marianwood successfully lowered its rate of re-hospitalized nursing home residents, beating the national average.

Overall, 30-day re-hospitalization rates for nursing home patients have steadily risen in the United States. This is largely due to the fact that the average hospital length of stay has been reduced and Medicare patients are being discharged to nursing homes sooner than they were in the past.

From October 1, 2001 to August 30, 2012, the average 30-day return-to-hospital rate for Medicare patients from Washington nursing homes was 15.9%, considerably lower than the estimated 22% national rate, as measured by Qualis Health, a nation organization which focuses on improving care delivery. Only 10.7% of Providence Marianwood residents were readmitted to the hospital during that time period.

Providence Marianwood credits this success to the practice of early detection and management of potential complications from common conditions, such as congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. “Our nurses are trained to spot the patient symptoms that occasionally lead to re-hospitalization,” said facility Administrator Chris Bosworth. “We pull our medical team into the situation early on in order to provide residents with high-quality care and to prevent complications that could lead to an emergency return to the hospital.”

The Affordable Care Act aims to curb hospital readmissions. Facing fines for each readmission, hospitals now have a vested interest in patients’ health once they’ve been discharged. Some hospitals align themselves with nursing homes that have demonstrated low re-admission rates for this very reason.

“Many families insist on their loved one going straight to the hospital when there is a decline in their condition, and we respect that,” said Bosworth. “But we hope to see our readmission rate keep dropping.”

For more information, please contact Arlene Carter. 425-391-2895. Arlene.carter@providence.org.