Medicare should scrap billing restrictions for direct care services provided by advanced practice nurses in nursing homes, say researchers from the University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing, citing results of a long-term study.
Investigators followed a six-year quality improvement program that put full-time advanced practice nurses in 16 Missouri nursing homes. The program allowed staff to preempt hospital transfers by providing preventive care onsite, resulting in better health outcomes for residents and $31 million in savings over the study period, the researchers reported.
Lasek, Alicia. “Full-Time Nurse Program Cuts ED Visits, Saves $31 Million for MO Nursing Homes” Clinical Daily News, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 1 Mar. 2021.