Despite Shorter Stays, Medicare Advantage Improved Skilled Nursing Outcomes

From Skilled Nursing News:

Maggie Flynn writing in Skilled Nursing News says that “patients enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans had a shorter rehabilitation stay in a skilled nursing facility and were more likely to be successfully discharged to the community, compared with patients on fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare, according to a new study published in PLOS Medicine.”

“Our study results suggest we can reduce length of stay by five days, and if you convert that into the money and the costs, it’s almost $3,000 to $4,000 per patient,”  Amit Kumar, of Brown University, one of the researchers on the study told Flynn.

The study shows that more care isn’t necessarily better, Kumar explained.

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