Study: Post-Acute Care Medicare Spending Slowed in Recent Years

Post-acute care Medicare spending slowed considerably for beneficiaries age 65 and older between 2012 and 2015, after years of steady growth in the 1990s and early years of the 21st century, according to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund. Post-acute care spending increased from $1248 to $1424 per beneficiary among Medicare beneficiaries age 65…

Study: Home Health Increases Activity Levels of Patients

Improving a patient’s mobility and activity is a key indicator of quality of care and a new report from the Commonwealth Fund found that the percentage of home health patients who improved in walking and moving around rose significantly from 2013 to 2016. The study found the improvement in mobility of home health patients was…

U.S. Seniors Sicker and Struggle to Get Care Compared to Other Developed Countries

American adults at least 65 years of age are sicker and struggle more to afford care than senior citizens in every other developed country, according to a new survey from the Commonwealth Fund that appeared in Health Affairs. The report, the 2017 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults, the 20th in the…