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CARE COORDINATION: Hospital leases beds at skilled nursing facilities and cuts 30-day readmission rate

UCLA Health (Los Angeles), which operates Ronald Reagan UCLA Health, and Santa Monica UCLA Health, is collaborating with local skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) through a bed leasing program.  The academic medical center pays a negotiated daily fee to hold SNF beds open so that patients ready for discharge but who have been hard to place have a postacute facility to go to.  Despite the bed lease cost, the advantages of being able to move patients out of the acute care setting and decrease the 30-day readmission rate have resulted in the program being a financial success.

Source: Bed leasing program helps hospitals discharge hard-to-place patients. (2015, Dec.). Hospital Case Management, 23(12), 158, 163.  Retrieved from http://www.ahcmedia.com/articles/136601-bed-leasing-program-helps-hospitals-discharge-hard-to-place-patients Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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