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Successful Discharge of Short Stay Veterans from VA Community Living Centers.

Gozalo PL, Inrator O, Phibbs CS, Kinosian B, Allen SM. Successful Discharge of Short Stay Veterans from VA Community Living Centers. Journal of Aging & Social Policy. 2022 Sep 3; 34(5):690-706.

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The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) long-term care rebalancing initiative encouraged VA Community Living Centers (CLCs) to shift from long-stay custodial-focused care to short-stay skilled and rehabilitative care. Using all VA CLC admissions during 2007-2010 categorized as needing short-stay rehabilitation or skilled nursing care, we assessed the patient and facility rates of successful discharge to the community (SDC) of these short-stay Veterans. We found large variation in inter- as well as intra- facility SDC rates across the rehabilitation and skilled nursing short-stay cohorts. We discuss how our results can help guide VHA policy directed at delivering high-quality short-stay CLC care for Veterans.

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