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Hospital readmissions not only have the potential for negative physical, emotional, and psychological impacts on individuals in skilled nursing care, but also cost the Medicare program billions of dollars.
Preventing these events whenever possible is always beneficial to residents and has been identified by policymakers and providers as an opportunity to reduce overall health care system costs through improvements in quality. The issue is a top priority for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and managed care programs. An example of this is the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, a CMS effort that links financial outcomes to quality performance that starts on October 1, 2018.