Partnering with UMass to further understand adverse events that occur among long-term care residents who transition between the hospital and a skilled nursing facility.

Challenge:

The period of time when patients are discharged from the hospital to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) setting represents a high risk situation. Statistically, one in five patients suffers an adverse event within three weeks of hospital discharge.

Solution:

Qualidigm is partnering with the Meyers Primary Care Institute at the University of Massachusetts to analyze patient records using trigger methodology to describe adverse events that occur among long-term care residents who transition from the SNF setting to an acute care setting, and then who are discharged back to the same facility.

Qualidigm will complete abstractions in nursing homes across New England for this study.

Benefit:

Currently literature does not exist examining what happens during the first 45 days after discharge in long term care situations. Qualidigm is acquiring new knowledge and research, to ultimately identify particular high risk situations and triggers, which will then be shared with the SNFs.