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Skilled Nursing Admissions Drop Across the Country as Home Health Discharges Pull Ahead

Posted on Monday, November 25, 2019 1:58 PM

According to the 2019 Industry Trend Report from Trella Health, the most likely post-acute care referral is to home health agencies not to skilled nursing facilities. 

Trella Health found that 23.3% of inpatient discharges were coded for home health, compared to 21.1% referred to a skilled nursing facility (SNF). This is the first time that home health received a higher referral rate than SNFs since the first quarter of 2018, according to the report.

“The decrease in SNF referrals reflects a broader trend within the industry,” the report said. “A lower percentage of inpatient discharges to skilled nursing and decreased SNF utilization over the past four quarters could portend continued challenges for SNF providers.” 

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