New program aims to cut down on unnecessary hospital visits by treating seniors in their nursing homes

Restrictions on what Medicaid and Medicare will cover for nursing home patients can often lead to unnecessary hospitalizations – an estimated $8 billion in unnecessary hospitalizations each year, in fact.


For example, a nursing home patient would be hospitalized for a common ailment such as pneumonia or a skin ulcer in order to have their treatment covered. In that case, Medicaid and Medicare will pay extra for hospital visits, but not nursing home care. But a program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid aims to cut down on those unnecessary hospital visits.



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