National Admissions by Post-Acute Care Line of Business patient National Admissions by Post-Acute Care Line of Business
The next graph shows national Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) admissions broken out by post-acute care line of business between Q2 2019 and Q2 2021. As we explore this data, it should be noted that Q2 2021 claims information is incomplete for home health agencies and is excluded from this graph.
From this image, we can see that the quarterly admissions for home health, hospice, and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) remained relatively stable, with the marked exception of a pronounced dip in Q2 2020 due to initial lockdowns in response to the pandemic. There is also a slight downward trend in home health and SNF admissions with a slight increase in hospice admissions, which is consistent with historic trajectories in all three markets.
In contrast with these expected results, one interesting increase appears in Q4 2020 for SNFs. Despite stable home health and hospice admissions, SNF admissions jumped significantly before decreasing to 2020 Q2 levels. This may be partially or entirely due to the first wave of COVID-19 cases, which occurred in the latter part of Q4 2020. We may be able to confirm or dismiss this theory when we obtain Q3 2021 data, illustrating industry trends around the second large wave of COVID-19 infections.
Admissions by State and Line of Business (LOB), 2019 Q2 – 2021 Q2
Finally, we have developed three time-lapse videos of home health, hospice, and skilled nursing admissions, adjusted for the Medicare FFS population, by state from Q2 2019 through Q2 2021. Again, because Q2 2021 home health admissions claims data is incomplete, we have excluded it from this analysis. Take a moment to interact with the graphic to get a view of how admissions have trended in your state and others. By clicking on a specific state, you can get a better view of COVID-19 infection trends in your market.
The maps below have the same functionality as the COVID-19 map above. Click the right arrow to cycle through admissions for each line of business between 2019 Q2 and 2021 Q2.