Nursing home struggles expected to worsen hospital backlogs

January 4, 2024

Nursing homes’ familiar struggles with insufficient staffing and insurance reimbursements are contributing to growing backlogs of patients awaiting throughput from hospitals to post-acute care across the US. 

Those waitlists are set to grow more congested in 2024 and cause even bigger disruption throughout the US healthcare system, according to recent state-level reports.

Hundreds of patients are currently stuck waiting for discharge from hospitals in states such as Massachusetts, where 481 have been delayed from being placed in skilled nursing facilities, according to a report from the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association.

Read the full story from McKnights Long-Term Care News here.