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skilled-nursing-facility-pharmacistAs part of an effort to reduce 30-day readmission rates, some hospitals are working with local skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Several programs like this are operating throughout the country.

The Enhanced Care Program or ECP, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles began in 2011, later adding a pharmacist to the team. This service is now available for patients who are discharged seven SNFs in the area.

The program works by allowing the ECP nurses to coordinate care between the inpatient and SNF settings, working with doctors in both places to follow up on any unresolved patient care issues. Nurses meet with their patients in the hospital, assess them again within 24 hours after being admitted to the nursing facility, and then visit them at the facility at least once a week. [click to continue…]

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