Mom falls and breaks her hip. Her injury is repaired at the local acute care hospital but she needs intensive rehab and post-surgical care. She could be sent home or to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) but instead she is discharged to a long-term care hospital (LTCH)—a facility that specializes in intensive post-acute services.
But a new study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, finds that in 2014, Medicare paid LTCHs three-times what it paid SNFs, or about $33,000 more, for each discharge. And there is no evidence, according to the research, that mortality is any lower than for nursing facility patients… Read More