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Research Studies is a monthly compilation of research articles funded by AHRQ or authored by AHRQ researchers and recently published in journals or newsletters.
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Werner RM, Konetzka RT, Qi M
The impact of Medicare copayments for skilled nursing facilities on length of stay, outcomes, and costs.
The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of Medicare's skilled nursing facility (SNF) copayment policy, with a large increase in the daily copayment rate on the 20th day of a benefit period, on length of stay, patient outcomes, and costs. The investigators concluded that Medicare's SNF copayment policy was associated with shorter lengths of stay and worse patient outcomes, suggesting the copayment policy had unintended and negative effects on patient outcomes.
Citation: Werner RM, Konetzka RT, Qi M . The impact of Medicare copayments for skilled nursing facilities on length of stay, outcomes, and costs. Health Serv Res 2019 Dec;54(6):1184-92. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13227..
Keywords: Medicare, Nursing Homes, Payment, Long-Term Care, Healthcare Costs, Elderly, Hospitalization, Hospital Discharge
Zhu JM, Navathe A, Yuan Y
Medicare's bundled payment model did not change skilled nursing facility discharge patterns.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether participation in Medicare's voluntary Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) model was associated with changes in discharge referral patterns to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), specifically number of SNF partners and discharge concentration. The investigators concluded that hospital participation in BPCI was not associated with changes in the number of SNF partners or in discharge concentration relative to non-BPCI hospitals.
Citation: Zhu JM, Navathe A, Yuan Y . Medicare's bundled payment model did not change skilled nursing facility discharge patterns. Am J Manag Care 2019 Jul;25(7):329-34..
Keywords: Medicare, Payment, Practice Patterns, Hospital Discharge, Nursing Homes
Das A, Norton EC, Miller DC
Association of postdischarge spending and performance on new episode-based spending measure.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently added the Medicare Spending per Beneficiary (MSPB) metric to its Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) program. The researchers evaluated whether hospital performance was driven by spending before, during, or after hospitalization. They found that compared with low-cost hospitals, high-cost hospitals had significantly higher preadmission and index admission spending, but the largest differences were in postdischarge spending.
Citation: Das A, Norton EC, Miller DC . Association of postdischarge spending and performance on new episode-based spending measure. JAMA Intern Med 2016 Jan;176(1):117-9. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.6261.
Keywords: Healthcare Costs, Medicare, Hospitals, Provider Performance, Hospitalization, Payment, Hospital Discharge