Skilled Nursing Facility

Hospitals discharging more to home health than SNFs

SNF admissions from hospitals dropped in all 50 states last year, according to the 2019 Industry Trend Report from Trella Health. The report examined Medicare Part A and Part B claims submitted across the postacute care continuum, and found that 23.3% of patients were discharged to home health, while only 21.1% were discharged to a SNF.

This year saw an overall 9% decrease in total SNF admissions, from 627,302 admissions in the first quarter of 2018, to 517,177 in the first quarter of 2019, according to the report.