Press Release

Trella Health Releases 2021 Post-Acute Care Industry Trend Report 

Annual Publication Provides In-Depth Analysis on How Medicare Beneficiaries’ Utilization of Post-Acute Care Services Have Changed During the Pandemic

By Ashton Harrison | March 31, 2022


Atlanta, GA

Trella Health, a leading source of healthcare growth insights and performance analytics, announces the release of its 2021 Post-Acute Care Industry Trend Report. Each year, Trella releases this report to reflect the most significant trends impacting the post-acute industry today. Key topics addressed include Medicare Advantage enrollment, inpatient discharges, home health adherence, hospice utilization, skilled nursing admissions, telehealth utilization, and NPI closures. This year’s report also includes a special guest forward written by former U.S. Majority Leader and Heart Transplant Surgeon Bill Frist.  


“As you dive into the 2021 Post-Acute Care Industry Trend Report, the Medicare Fee-For-Service claims data continues to confirm what we have believed for years: post-acute care plays an essential role in reducing unnecessary healthcare spending in the U.S,” stated Senator Frist M.D. 


In addition to highlighting market and financial trends, the 2021 report explores the ongoing impact COVID-19 has on the industry and what areas are beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels. Some of the key takeaways included: 

  • At its current growth rate, Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment is set to eclipse 50% of eligible Medicare beneficiaries in 2025.  
  • Between 2020 Q2 and 2021 Q3, home health instructions increased 2.5 percentage points to 24.1% of inpatient discharges, while skilled nursing instructions declined 2.4 points to 18.6%. 
  • Adherence to inpatient discharge instructions for the 2020 Q3 to 2021 Q2 reporting period remained consistent at 71.9% and represents a substantial growth opportunity for home health agencies. 
  • In 2021, inpatient discharge instructions to PAC agencies returned to pre-pandemic levels. Discharges were more likely to be referred to home health services agencies than skilled nursing facilities. 


“The post-acute care industry is complex and has experienced significant transition over the past few years due to the pandemic and throughout the shift to value-based care. Trella’s data and insights are critical to making important business decisions that allow for smarter growth, reduced costs, and healthier outcomes,” shares CEO of Trella Health, Scott Tapp.  


To produce the Industry Trend Report, Trella Health utilizes its exclusive access to 100% Part A, B and claims from CMS. Trella strives to deliver the most impactful and accurate findings to the industry so organizations can make informed decisions that will improve the overall state of healthcare. Serving the majority of the top 100 post-acute organizations as customers, Trella is dedicated to providing insightful data and integrated solutions to enable smarter growth for both its customer base and the healthcare continuum.  


Find Trella’s 2021 Industry Trend Report here: For questions about the report, please reach out to 


Read the full press release here.  



About Trella Health 

Trella Health provides unmatched, actionable market intelligence to DCEs, ACOs, healthcare networks, and post-acute care providers of all sizes. As one of only a few companies to be deemed both a Qualified Entity by CMS and an Innovator under its Virtual Research Data Center Program, Trella has elite access to billions of performance, referral, and competitive data points across the market and patient care settings. Its standardized insights, representing 90% of the 65+ U.S. population, help customers identify, engage, and manage critical relationships and advance their organizations with confidence.  



About the Author:

Ashton Harrison, Marketing Engagement Manager

With a diverse background of sales and healthcare marketing, Ashton manages Trella’s events, press releases, and media and association relations. After graduating from Florida State University with a major in communications, she began her career at Greenway Health, a EHR company, where she found her passion for the healthcare industry. At Trella Health, she’s able to do all the things she loves about marketing — engaging at events, interactions with partners, and creating marketing pieces that share insight on Trella’s journey.