Effective influenza vaccines in U.S. nursing homes save about 2,560 lives and prevent more than 3,200 hospitalizations annually, according to researchers who studied more than 1 million Medicare fee-for-service, long-stay nursing home residents between 2000 and 2009.
Older patients who receive a primary implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) during acute hospitalizations may not have substantially different mortality or sudden cardiac death rates compared with those who are discharged without an ICD.
Using data from the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, the study did not find increases in the frequency of employees working in either of two part-time categories: 25-29 hours per week or fewer than 25 hours per week.
This evaluation determined whether long-term care coordination provided in the Aging in Place (AIP) program, which included home health care (HHC), made a difference in utilization and cost outcomes compared to patients who received HHC without AIP care coordination.
Hospital patient safety substantially improved from 2010 to 2013 with a 17% decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), according to a final data synthesis from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.