What Nursing Home Operators, Home Health Providers Are Saying About SNF-Home Diversion

 Posted on Monday, February 15, 2021

 Patients are often transported between skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and home health care.  As a result, policy makers and health care executives are examining ways to keep the patients at home, instead of a SNF.

“In the past, home health, hospice, and personal care services powerhouse Amedisys has estimated that anywhere from 10% to 15% of SNF patients fall into the “jump-ball business” category, meaning they could safely be cared for in the home instead of a facility following a hospital discharge.

“SNF diversion — which we distinguish from the futuristic SNF-at-home [model], which is more down the road — is real,” Amedisys COO Chris Gerard said during the company’s third quarter earnings call in October. “It’s happening right now.”

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