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The VA Medical Foster Home Program, Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, and Avoidable Hospitalizations.

Pracht EE, Levy CR, Williams A, Alemi F, Williams AE. The VA Medical Foster Home Program, Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, and Avoidable Hospitalizations. American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality. 2016 Nov 1; 31(6):536-540.

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This quality control study analyzes whether the Veterans Administration Medical Foster Home (VA MFH) program has been successful in improving access and effectiveness of ambulatory care. Individuals hospitalized for one or more of 22 adult ambulatory care sensitive conditions were identified. Pre and post comparisons of a specified population of participants in the program were conducted to determine rates of avoidable hospitalizations for 6 months prior to and following MFH enrollment. The overall rate of avoidable hospitalizations declined from 18.5 to 14.9 per 100 enrollees following enrollment. The number of bed days used declined by 39%, as did the cost associated with avoidable hospitalizations. Enrollment in the VA MFH program resulted in an overall reduction in the rate of avoidable hospitalizations, resource utilization, and costs. Studies are needed comparing these results with other matched cohorts of nursing home eligible veterans.

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