Rehospitalization from Skilled Nursing Facilities: Implications for Policy

Vol. XIII, No. 1
February 2010

Evidence shows that most readmissions after an initial hospitalization are unplanned and avoidable, yet reversing the current pattern is challenging. Vincent Mor, Ph.D., Brown University, and colleagues examined the rehospitalization experience of patients discharged to a skilled nursing facility. They found that incentives are not aligned to ensure a smooth transition across care settings or to reduce the likelihood of rehospitalizations.