At the time of discharge from an acute care hospital many patients are not able to return home and need a short or extended stay at skilled nursing facilities. This is not a new phenomenon. However, using the National Hospital Discharge Survey data, Burke et al1 found a 49% increase in the number of patients discharged from hospitals to post–acute care (PAC) facilities between 1996 and 2010. What is fueling this large increase?
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