The facts are startling.
The need to get post-acute health care right is urgent.
Nearly 42 percent of Medicare beneficiaries discharged from a hospital will require post-acute services — pointing to high utilization.
(Data: MedPAC, 2015)
8,800. The number of unique clinical pathways following a hospitalization — pointing to wide variation.
(Data: American Hospital Association and Association of American Medical Colleges, 2012)
Post-acute care services are the source of 73 percent of the variation in Medicare spending — pointing to dramatic inconsistencies.
(Data: MedPAC, 2015)
Best Practices Skipped
Fewer than 50 percent of Medicare patients are seen by a primary care doctor within two weeks of a hospital discharge — skipping a best practice.
(Data: The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013)can Medical Colleges, 2012)
17.5 percent of Medicare patients will be re-hospitalized at least once within 30 days of discharge — pointing to gaps in post-acute care.
(Data: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
High Post-Acute Spend
43.5 percent of the total spent for a 30-day hospital and post-acute care episode for Medicare patients is on post-acute care.
(Data: Post-Acute Care Networks: How to Succeed and Why Many Fail to Deliver,accessed from this link)
Cost of Avoidable Readmissions
The annual cost of hospital readmissions is more than $26 billion. Avoidable readmissions total $17 billion of that cost — pointing to big opportunity to control cost.
(Data:The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013)
Escalating Demand for Post-Acute Care
The population aged 65 and older is expected to more than double between 2012 and 2060, from 43.1 million to 92.0 million — pointing to escalating demand for post-acute services.
(Data: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012)
From the Industry
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