The Costs/Benefits of Opening a Skilled Nursing Facility at Naval Hospital, San Diego
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The objective of this study was to determine whether it would be cost-beneficial for Naval Hospital, San Diego to open a skilled nursing facility. Subsidiary purposes of the study were 1 to determine if there is a need for skilled nursing care, 2 calculate the manpower requirements to staff a skilled nursing facility, 3 ascertain the cost to operate a skilled nursing facility, and 4 determine facility requirements. Based on the findings of this study, the following recommendations have been made 1 open a 37-bed skilled nursing unit at Naval Hospital, San Diego as a means to reduce acute care costs, and 2 utilize the skilled nursing unit at Naval Hospital, San Diego as a pilot program to evaluate the potential for implementation of skilled nursing care at other Naval health care facilities. Analysis of financial data from civilian hospital-based skilled nursing facilities in San Diego County indicates that utilization of a 37-bed skilled nursing unit at Naval Hospital, San Diego would yield potential savings of 1,647,231 1991 dollars in patient care. These cost savings are made possible through utilization of smaller employee-to-patient ratios and less expensive staffing.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies