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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


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