Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries Less Likely To Use Post-Acute Care, Analysis Finds

May 11, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - More Medicare Advantage beneficiaries are being discharged from the hospital directly to their homes, instead of to a post-acute care facility, than traditional fee-for-service patients, according to a new analysis from Avalere.

The study found 77% of Medicare Advantage patients are sent home directly from the hospital, without home healthcare services or other forms of post-acute care. That's compared to 63% of traditional Medicare beneficiaries.

Avalere also broke down beneficiaries' post-discharge destinations by condition type, with more Medicare Advantage patients discharged directly home for each diagnostic group. The analysis found that 46% of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries are discharged home after a major joint replacement, compared to 19% of traditional fee-for-service patients.

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