Long-term care hospitals treat fewer short-stay patients
The OIG found that patients discharged earlier than the short-stay outlier threshold could have been better treated and at less cost in acute hospital settings. The OIG expressed concern that LTCHs have a financial incentive to discharge patients on a particular date. Short-stay outliers are long-term care hospital stays that conclude before they reach the average length of stay for other LTCH patients. LTCHs provide post-acute care to patients with complex medical conditions.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has been closely scrutinizing post-acute healthcare providers, including skilled nursing facilities, to create a post-acute payment system.
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