Conditional release statutes generally "authorize the release of an insanity acquittee upon such conditions of medical care or treatment as the court deems appropriate to ensure that the acquittee will not present a danger to himself or others, such as a regimen of medication." (74) If an acquittee fails to abide by the prescribed treatment regimen, the state may revoke the conditional release and rehospitalize
[a] decision to revoke a mental health patient's conditional release status and to rehospitalize
the patient must be accompanied by the determination that the conditions warranting hospitalization in the first instant are present again." (8)
The facility fixed effects control for any fixed facility-specific omitted variables correlated with the propensity to rehospitalize
nursing home residents.
One reason 5- and 14-day patients may differ is that SNFs may selectively discharge (and rehospitalize
) postacute care patients before the 14-day assessment when Nursing Home Compare quality measurement occurs.
As a result, providers may have had an incentive to rehospitalize
the resident in order to take advantage of higher reimbursement when the resident returned to the facility.