WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: This study used Medicare enrollment and claims records to examine more than 142,000 AL residents’ ability to stay in their community in the last 30 days of life. Residents who were eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare (dual eligibles) were much less likely than those not eligible for Medicaid to remain in AL in their last 30 days of life or die there. However, this difference varies by state.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: Findings from this study suggest that AL’s online reviews may signal quality of care issues, offering consumers information to make more informed decisions in their AL selection, and that reviews may offer insight into residents’ perspectives. However, ratings should not replace, but rather complement, other traditional ways of assessing resident experiences because of rating system limitations. Additionally, ratings may assist providers in making improvements to their ALs based on resident feedback, and function as a data source for policymakers about AL quality of care.
Background Injuries are a leading cause of emergency department (ED) visits among older adults, and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) may be at particular risk. We compared injury-related ED use among assisted living (AL) residents with and without ADRD and assessed differences in the risk of injury-related ED visits among individuals with […]
BackgroundThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services implemented the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes (the Partnership) to decrease antipsychotic use and improve care for nursing home (NH) residents with dementia. We determined whether the extent of antipsychotic and other psychotropic medication prescribing in AL residents with dementia mirrored that of long-stay […]
Background Assisted living (AL) is the largest residential long-term care provider in the United States, including for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Despite recognizing the challenge of infection control for persons with dementia, this study of 119 AL communities is the first to describe dementia-relevant COVID-19 infection control across different types of AL […]
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WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: Medicare data were used to analyze post-acute care referrals for over 104,000 assisted living residents. The most common referral after hospitalizations was to skilled nursing. Referrals to skilled nursing were associated with a lower likelihood of emergency department visits and hospital readmissions; however, there was higher likelihood of long-term skilled nursing placement and death.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: State inspection data from 957 large assisted living communities in Florida showed that 87% were cited one or more times from 2012 to 2018. For-profit communities, those with more than 100 beds, and those with a limited mental health license were cited more often. Over 40% of communities were cited in two or more years for the same deficiency category, meaning that repeat citations are common.