Patients are often referred for postacute care after hospitalization to improve outcomes and reduce readmissions. The use of postacute care has grown rapidly, with costs doubling since 2001.1,2 Although such care can take place at home, skilled nursing facilities, or inpatient rehabilitation facilities, facility-based care is more expensive,3,4 but whether it is more effective remains unknown.
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