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Medicare spent nearly $28 billion in 2019 on short-term care for 1.5 million beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities after hospital stays.
Research indicates low nurse staffing can lead to potentially preventable re-hospitalizations.
Before physicians practice medicine independently, they receive on-the-job training as residents in teaching hospitals. These residents are vital providers of health care during their training, and many stay in the geographic area to practice after their training is completed.
DOD's more than 73,000 enlisted medical personnel serve in roles ranging from paramedics to imaging technicians, and must be ready to use their wartime medical skills to care for injured and ill servicemembers.
However, DOD could do more to define, track, and assess wartime medical skills.