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The facts are startling.
The need to get post-acute health care right is urgent.

Fast Facts

42 percent

High Utilization

Nearly 42 percent of Medicare beneficiaries discharged from a hospital will require post-acute services — pointing to high utilization.

(Data: MedPAC, 2015)

Wide Variation

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)

8800 Pathways
73 percent

Dramatic Inconsistencies

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)

Fewer than 50 percent
17.5 percent

Re-hospitalizations

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)

43.5 percent
17 billion

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)

92 million

From the Industry

This is not your grandma’s post-acute care

Deloitte’s Life Sciences & Health Care Blog — March 6, 2017

Hospitalized Seniors Say No One Coordinates Their Care

HealthLeaders — December 20, 2016