A decades-old Medicare rule may be needlessly extending hospital stays

(By – LISA RAPAPORT, www.businessinsider.in) 

A decades old Medicare rule requiring a three-day hospital stay before patients can transfer to skilled nursing facilities may needlessly prolong hospitalizations, a study suggests. Researchers compared the average time patients were hospitalized between 2006 and 2010 in privately administered Medicare Advantage health plans that either stuck to this rule or allowed people to transfer to skilled nursing facilities sooner. Read more…

 

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