95% of hospitals & health systems will develop high-value PAC networks by 2020

By Dan Kamyck | May 25, 2017 at 3:59 PM

With the federal government putting pressure on post-acute care (PAC) providers to reduce utilization, growth in PAC preferred provider networks is "surging" across the country, according to both a Manatt analysis and a Premier study.

National PAC trends: "Though unlikely in the immediate term, the future of PAC payment will continue to shift toward risk-adjusted, site-neutral payments and tests of value-based payment models, including acute-post-acute care bundles," says Stephanie Anthony, Director, Manatt Health.


University of Minnesota shines light on barriers to nursing home care for rural populations

By Dan Kamyck | May 24, 2017 at 11:49 AM

Researchers at Minnesota's Rural Health Research Center interviewed 23 rural discharge planners about the biggest medical challenges to nursing home placement for rural residents. More than half of those interviewed pointed to behavioral health problems as the leading barrier.

Why it matters: With long-term care moving toward home- and community-based settings, nursing homes are taking on more medically complex residents. Rural America is aging faster than non-rural areas, so the barriers to nursing home care will only become more entrenched.