Skilled Nursing Facility

New study links therapy time with length of stay for residents after hip fracture surgery

Longer therapy times per day doesn’t necessarily mean a hip fracture resident should have a shorter SNF length of stay, according to a new study published in JAMA by researchers at George Washington University. Researchers collected data from four inpatient rehabilitation facilities and seven SNFs from 2005 to 2010 with analytics conducted between November 2018 and June 2019. The study specifically examined Medicare-covered residents aged 65 or older recovering from a hip fracture.

Researchers concluded that the higher amounts of therapy time per day shouldn’t necessarily lead to shorter lengths of stay, as many residents need longer stays to achieve functional independence in terms of mobility and self-care, despite how much therapy they receive per day.