Skilled Nursing Facilities Outperform Home Health on Readmission Rates: Study

Despite the increasing preference among payers and hospital partners to discharge residents to home health agencies, brick-and-mortar skilled nursing facilities are superior at reducing hospital readmissions — with one key caveat. After controlling for a variety of factors, residents sent from a hospital to the care of a home health agency had a 5.6-percentage-point higher […]

Bundled Payments Save Money ‘Nearly Exclusively’ By Cutting Skilled Nursing

A key mandatory bundled payment program saved the government money almost entirely through the reduction of skilled nursing facility reimbursements, a new study from researchers at Harvard University concluded. Between 2016 and 2017, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment model resulted in spending reductions of $1,084 per episode, the team concluded; after […]

Five-Star Ratings Don’t Tell Consumers, Investors About Skilled Nursing Safety

Consumers and investors may rely on the five-star rating system for nursing homes to make key decisions, but a new study suggests that there isn’t much difference in resident safety between buildings along the scale. “Our results reveal that Nursing Home Compare, a policy initiative aimed at improving quality and empowering consumers to make better […]

Facilities Grab Increased Share of Hospital Discharges

Despite concerns about the rise of home health in the era of value-based care, institutional post-acute care (PAC) use among Medicare beneficiaries actually rose between 2000 and 2015 — while discharges to the home fell over the same time period, according to a research letter published in JAMA. Specifically, the adjusted percentage of nearly 138 […]