Trella Health Announces Publication of Industry Trend Report and Release of Quarter Two 2019 Data
November 21, 2019
ATLANTA, GA –Trella Health, the leading source for current and complete post-acute outcomes data and performance analytics, published its most recent Industry Trend Report and announced the release of a new quarterly data set. The new data set will be available on Friday, November 22nd, and Trella’s customers will have access to CMS claims data through quarter two of 2019.
According to Trella’s CEO, Ian Juliano, “Trella strives to not only provide the most recent and complete data in the market, but also to offer analysis and insights into the post-acute care market. Our latest trend report is an example of that.”
The Industry Trend Report breaks down the most recent national and state-level trends in the hospice, home health, and skilled nursing markets, as well as insights into Medicare beneficiaries and post-acute discharge instructions. Key takeaways from the trend report, which analyzed CMS claims data through the first quarter of 2019, include:
From Q1 2018 to Q1 2019, the total number of Medicare beneficiaries grew by 1.4 million, an increase of 2.5%. Medicare fee for service (FFS) beneficiaries declined by .4%, while Medicare Advantage beneficiaries increased by 7.7% to 22.1 million.
Home health surpassed skilled nursing as the most likely post-acute referral destination. 23.3% of inpatient discharges were coded for home health compared to 21.1% referred to SNF. This is the first reporting period where home health was instructed at a higher rate than SNF.
Hospice average length of stay (ALOS) increased from 74.5 to 77.9 days from Q1 2018 to Q1 2019. The additional 3.4 days represents a 5% longer stay and is the highest ALOS we’ve seen since reporting on the metric.
Of note, Trella introduced a new section on skilled nursing after launching a solution for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) in Spring 2019. In addition, Trella dedicated a portion of the report to PDGM to assist home health organizations in preparing for the rule to take effect in January 2020. Trella is devoted to continually investigating and sharing trends around admissions, utilization, and other metrics to serve as resource to the post-acute community.
Find Trella’s latest Industry Trend Report here: https://www.trellahealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Trella-Industry-Trend-Report-2019.pdf