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Hospitals in Medicare ACOs reduced readmissions faster

Hospitals in Medicare Accountable Care Organizations outpaced non-ACO hospitals in reducing the rate at which patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) needed to return to the hospital, according to a new study in the January issue of Health AffairsThe new study suggests that while all hospitals reduced their readmission rates following the adoption of readmission penalties, ACO hospitals reduced them at a faster rate.

“This is about understanding whether ACOs work or not,” said Momotazur Rahman, a study co-author and assistant professor of health services, policy and practice. “It seems like they are doing slightly but significantly better than non-ACO hospitals.” READ MORE

Innovative Methodology to Identify Medicare Beneficiaries Residing in Large Assisted Living Facilities

The purpose of this study, published in Medical Careand led by Kali Thomas, Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and faculty member in the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research, was to develop and test a novel methodology to identify residents in large assisted living facilities using secondary data sources, specifically the 9-digit ZIP code reported in Medicare enrollment records. READ MORE

Palliative Care in Nursing Homes Found to Cut Hospitalizations

The purpose of this study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and led by Susan Miller, professor of health services, policy and practice, was to evaluate how receipt and timing of nursing home palliative care consultations are associated with end-of-life care transitions and acute care use. read more

The Food and Activity Environments of Childcare Found to Be Promising Areas for Improving Nutrition and Activity for Children

This study, published in BMC Nutrition, by Patricia Markham Risica, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Behavioral and Social Sciences, was to assess the current state of food served and physical activity practices of Rhode Island childcare centers to identify potential areas for improvement in the DCYF regulations and implementation, by comparing centers with and without USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program participation to assess the potential influence of guidelines in the environments of childcare centers. read more