Director of Nursing Perceptions of Physicians' Roles in US Nursing Homes

TitleDirector of Nursing Perceptions of Physicians' Roles in US Nursing Homes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsWagner, L, Katz, P, Karuza, J, Sharp, L, Seet, A, Kwong, C, Spetz, J
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Volume20
Issue11
Pagination1471-1473
Date Published07/2019
Keywordslong-term care, Medicare, nursing homes
Abstract

Nursing homes (NHs) are increasingly recognized as critical components of the long-term care continuum. Acute care systems have come to recognize the need for high-quality and easily accessible post-acute and long-term care avenues, a niche NHs have embraced over the past several years. Indeed, post-acute patients receiving NH rehabilitation account for more than 2.2 million Medicare-covered stays across 15,000 facilities. The quality of care in NHs remains inconsistent and, in many respects, suboptimal. Although NH quality is dependent on a number of workforce factors, directors of nursing (DONs) and their relationships with staff, including attending physicians, are likely an important part of the equation.

DOI10.1016/j.jamda.2019.05.006