To test whether use of a personalized report card, Nursing Home Compare Plus (lus), embedded in a reengineered discharge process, can lead to better outcomes than the usual discharge process from hospitals to nursing homes.
Primary data collected in the Departments of Medicine and Surgery at a University Medical Center between March 2014 and August 2015.
A randomized controlled trial in which patients in the intervention group were given lus. Participants included 225 patients or their family members/surrogates.
Key strokes of lus users were recorded to obtain information about usage. Users were surveyed about usability and satisfaction with lus. All participants were surveyed at discharge from the hospital. Survey data were merged with medical records.
About 85 percent of users indicated satisfaction with lus. Compared to controls, intervention patients were more satisfied with the choice process (by 40 percent of the standard deviation < .01), more likely to go to higher ranked five‐star nursing homes ( = 1.8, < .05), traveled to further nursing homes ( = 1.27, < .10), and had shorter hospital stays ( = 0.84, < .05).
Personalizing report cards and reengineering the discharge process may improve quality and may lower costs compared to the usual discharge process.