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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.
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.