“Americans’ likelihood of requiring SNF care ‘substantially’ higher than thought, study finds,” by Emily Mongan, McKnight’s LTC News
“The average American’s risk of needing skilled nursing care at some point in their life is 60% greater than previous studies have shown, according to new research. . . . The researchers’ increased estimate may be due to a recent shift toward shorter nursing home stays, as hospitals seek to reign in their costs by discharging patients to nursing facilities sooner, researchers noted. The study found that short nursing home stays of 21 nights or fewer increased by six percentage points from 1998 to 2010, to almost 34%. The full results appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
We’ll keep an eye out for the full report.