Rise in Patients Discharged to Home Health

The percentage of patients discharged from short-term acute care hospitals (STACH) to home health has risen from 11 percent in May 2019 to 19 percent one calendar year later, according to a new report from ATI Advisory. The number of patients discharged from STACH declined from over 800,000 patients in May 2019 to 558,296 in…

Home Health Saves Medicare Money Despite Slightly Higher Readmissions than SNFs

The cost advantages of home health care make it less expensive than skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) despite a slightly higher hospital readmission rate, according to a new study by University of Pennsylvania researchers and published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study found that Medicare patients discharged to home health had a 5.6 percent…