Wednesday, January 19, 2011

State of Post-Acute Care Spotlights More Services, Faster Rehabilitation

January 19, 2011

“The integration of post-acute care services in America’s skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities has exclusively altered the long term care community,” begins the second statement in our series on The State of Long Term and Post-Acute Care. Trends in medical, rehabilitative and therapeutic care services, as well as payment methods, point to this evolution while the increased demand for these services following a hospital visit have propelled it forward.

Recent data indicates that over 50 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in need of post-acute care following a hospital stay are discharged to a skilled nursing facility, making nursing homes the largest single provider of post-acute care in America. That may come as a surprise to some. More importantly, nursing homes are also treating and discharging patients at a higher rate today than ever before with 39 percent of Medicare patients returning home within 100 days of admission.

Read more in today’s one-pager on post-acute care. Then tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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