Sub-study: Discharge Day of the Week and Skilled Nursing Facility Readmissions

The discharge process is a complex undertaking that requires accurate and effective communication and coordination of various logistics across multiple inpatient and outpatient teams. Given this complexity, differences between weekday and weekend staffing and resources may impact the transition of care, especially for SNF patients who are known to be sicker and have higher readmission rates than other patient populations.

In order to better understand the impact of system infrastructure on care transitions, we completed a retrospective study of the readmission rates for patients discharged to SNF by discharge day of the week.