"The Senior Care Resource Network"
Under new healthcare reform laws, hospitals that admit patients less than 30 days after discharge can be penalized in the form of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, according to The Detroit News. Officials are not sure how much revenue hospitals may lose, but some hospitals receive almost 50% of their revenue from Medicare.
Patients report the care they receive in senior ERs is better than the often-hurried treatment they get in traditional ERs. The staff in these units receive extra training in geriatrics and make an effort to design exam rooms that are much more patient-focused than other ERs. Employees also spend more time going over discharge information and give patients instructions on follow-up care and self-care, USA Today reported.