Report: hospitals still struggling to discharge patients

July 26, 2023

Hospitals are struggling to discharge recovering patients to less intensive settings amid staffing shortages at nursing homes and home health agencies, a new report from WellSky finds.

Why it matters: Patients who remain hospitalized longer than necessary can reduce the overall capacity of the facility, limit the ability to treat new patients and even cause canceled or delayed procedures, the report noted.

What they found: Patients are showing up sicker and in need of more post-acute care. In January, referral volume to nursing homes or home health care was at 118% of the average monthly volumes in 2019.

Read the full story from Axios here.