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…

MedPAC Calls for Rate Cuts to Home Care and Hospice

On Friday, January 17th, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) reconvened for a series of sessions to vote on official recommendations the Commission will make to the U.S. Congress. These follow the December MedPAC meeting where staff presented current data and trends within the Medicare program, then offered proposed recommendations for the Commissioners to consider…

MedPAC Considers Unified Payment Options and Metrics

In the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) latest installment towards the development of a unified post-acute care (PAC) prospective payment system (PPS), commissioners received a presentation on possible outcome measures from MedPAC staff. This presentation was followed by a robust discussion. Rationale on the need to develop measures included the ability to compare metrics across…