IRF versus SNF

August 15, 2014
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Rick Gawenda
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A study assessing the outcomes of patients who were treated in inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) with clinically and demographically similar patients who received their post-acute rehabilitation in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) finds that IRFs provide better care to their patients over a number of outcome measures – IRF patients live longer, spend more days at home and fewer days in health care institutions, have fewer emergency room visits and, for patients with some diagnoses, fewer rehospitalizations. The study has significant implications for site-neutral payment proposals and bundling demonstrations, both of which are likely to shift patients to SNFs. To read the full story, click HERE.


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