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Does the home health episode have any effect on readmission?

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Q: We have a patient that was in the hospital for one week. The patient went to another skilled nursing facility (SNF) for 25 days, then went home, but used home health services. The patient now wants to come back into our SNF. It is within 30 days of the previous SNF stay, so this should be ok, but the SNF wants to know if the home health episode has any effect on the readmission?

A: The patient would be able to enter the SNF within the 30-day window to access any days he/she has left of his/her 100-day bank. The home health services do not apply toward the patient’s 100 days.

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