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AHRQ Releases First All-Payer Data for Postacute Care After Hospital Discharge

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Nearly 8 million hospital patients in 2013 were discharged for postacute care in another setting such as a skilled nursing facility or home-based care, according to newly released data from AHRQ. Those patients represented 22 percent of all hospital discharges that year. AHRQ’s analysis of such care is the first based on a nationally representative all-payer dataset, the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project 2013 National Inpatient Sample. According to the analysis, Statistical Brief #205: An All-Payer View of Hospital Discharge to Postacute Care, 2013, the medical conditions for which patients most often need postacute care were total hip/knee joint replacement, followed by septicemia or severe sepsis, and heart failure and shock.

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