In a JAMA study released today, Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS, assistant professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and colleagues highlight the increasing use of long-term acute care facilities. From 1997 to 2006, the number of long-term acute care hospitals doubled, the number of Medicare patients who were transferred to a long-term acute care hospital after a critical illness tripled, and the 1 year survival for these high-risk patients was poor.

Researchers concluded that more research should be done to guide decision making about transfers to long-term acute care facilities and identify best practices to maximize survival and control costs for this high-risk patient group.

Read the full JAMA news release at:
http://pubs.ama-assn.org/homepage/media/2010j/0608.dtl#2

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