Local nursing homes excel in low readmittance rates

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Seven Gwinnett nursing homes were part of a recent national study that showed Georgia nursing homes have reduced the number of patients readmitted to hospitals.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers found that Georgia nursing homes reduced readmissions by 7 percent, compared to the national average of 2 percent.

The local nursing homes that participated in the study were Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett, Golden Living Center-Medical Arts of Lawrenceville, Gwinnett Extended Care Center of Lawrenceville, Heritage Healthcare of Lilburn, Life Care Center of Gwinnett, Life Care Center of Lawrenceville and Scepter Health & Rehab of Snellville.

A press release from the Georgia Health Care Association said avoidable hospital readmissions cost Medicare billions of dollars each year and are a focus of the Affordable Care Act, which penalizes hospitals that have high rates.

"Georgia's nursing homes are proud of this recognition of their commitment to providing quality care and willingness to implement new policies that save taxpayer money while safeguarding the health of their residents," said Jon Howell, president and CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association.