Instructions: After reading chapter 4, the information provided to you and one other resource answer the question. Write an expository essay – (you did this in module 1).
What is an expository essay? Use this website (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to help you formulate your essay.
The expository essay is an informative piece of writing that presents a balanced analysis of a topic. In an expository essay, the writer explains or defines a topic, using facts, statistics, and examples. Expository writing encompasses a wide range of essay variations, such as the comparison and contrast essay, the cause and effect essay, and the “how to” or process essay. Because expository essays are based on facts and not personal feelings, writers don’t reveal their emotions or write in the first person.
Be sure to use APA format. Page length is up to you but please follow APA guidelines.
Please read the following information and answer the question below in your essay:
In addition to reading this information you should have also read chapter 4.
From 2008–2012, we conducted a series of studies about hospital adverse events, defined as harm resulting from medical care. This work included a congressionally mandated study to determine a national incidence rate for adverse events in hospitals. As part of this work, we developed methods to identify adverse events, determine the extent to which events are preventable, and measure the cost of events to the Medicare program. This study continues that work by evaluating post-acute care provided in skilled nursing facilities (SNF). SNF post-acute care is intended to help beneficiaries improve health and functioning following a hospitalization and is second only to hospital care among inpatient costs to Medicare. Although various healthcare stakeholders have in recent years paid substantial attention to patient safety in hospitals, less is known about resident safety in SNFs.
HOW WE DID THIS STUDY
This study estimates the national incidence rate, preventability, and cost of adverse events in SNFs by using a two-stage medical record review to identify events for a sample of 653 Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals to SNFs for post-acute care. Sample beneficiaries had SNF stays of 35 days or less.
WHAT WE FOUND
An estimated 22 percent of Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse events during their SNF stays. An additional 11 percent of Medicare beneficiaries experienced temporary harm events during their SNF stays. Physician reviewers determined that 59 percent of these adverse events and temporary harm events were clearly or likely preventable. They attributed much of the preventable harm to substandard treatment, inadequate resident monitoring, and failure or delay of necessary care. Over half of the residents who experienced harm returned to a hospital for treatment, with an estimated cost to Medicare of $208 million in August 2011. This equates to $2.8 billion spent on hospital treatment for harm caused in SNFs in FY 2011.
Source: United States Department of Health and Human Services. (2013). Adverse events in skilled nursing facilities: National incidence among medicare beneficiaries. Retrieved from http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-11-00370.pdf
1. Write an expository essay on the question below.
2. Use your book, the source above and one other source to support your essay.
3. Use APA format (If you do not recall how to use APA format please go to the resources tab in this class).