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Medicare Beneficiaries With Dementia More Likely To Be Discharged From A Hospital To Lower Quality SNFs

Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries over age 65 years who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia (ADRD), are more likely to be discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) with lower quality star ratings than people without ADRD. About 23% of beneficiaries with ADRD and 20% of those without ADRD entered SNFs with one- star or two-star ratings in the Medicare five-star quality rating. Those with ADRD were less likely to enter SNFs with a high star rating (four-star …

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