State-level disparities in post-acute care persist; feds work to stabilize costs

12/3/2013 | Healthcare Finance News

Medicare beneficiaries in Connecticut were more than twice as likely as those in Arizona to use nursing home services, while in Louisiana average per-patient spending was $5,000 higher than in New Jersey, data show. In an effort to stabilize the cost of post-acute care in patients, Medicare has turned to new payment approaches involving lump-sum payments designed to foster greater efficiency.

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