Affordable Care Act

Data Brief: Sharp reduction in avoidable hospitalizations among long-term care facility residents

Co-author:

Tim Engelhardt, Director of the Federal Coordinated Health Care Office at CMS


For long-term care facility residents, avoidable hospitalizations can be dangerous, disruptive, and disorienting. Keeping our most vulnerable citizens healthy when they are residents of long-term care facilities[1] and reducing potentially avoidable hospital stays has been a point of emphasis for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).