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Hospital Patients Aren’t Receiving Information About the Quality of Skilled Nursing Facilities

Hospitals are not giving patients information about postdischarge nursing facilities

Hospitals are not providing patients with the information they need to choose higher-quality nursing facilities once they’re discharged, new research in Health Affairs shows. Supported in part by The Commonwealth Fund, a team led by Denise Tyler with RTI International and Brown University found that hospital patients typically receive a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of nearby skilled nursing facilities but no information on quality. Of 98 patients interviewed, only four reported receiving any information about facility performance.

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