Excel Health Announces Availability of Q2 2018 Post-Acute Care Industry Trends Report

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National and state-based analysis of Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plan population trends that impact home health and hospice agencies

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Our report gives home health and hospice stakeholders a glimpse into the national and state-specific trends that are impacting the markets they serve.

Excel Health, the leading source for current and complete post-acute outcomes data and performance analytics for the healthcare industry, announced today availability of its quarterly Post-Acute Care Industry Trends Report that includes summary data through Q2 2018. Each quarter, Excel Health updates this report with the most recent Medicare data and makes it available for free to all of those interested in better understanding key post-acute care growth opportunities. The report can be found at https://excelhealthgroup.com/industrytrendreport

“Our report gives home health and hospice stakeholders a glimpse into the national and state-specific trends that are impacting the markets they serve,” said Ian Juliano, CEO of Excel Health. “Our customers are able to dive deeply into the data to analyze specific referral patterns of individual physicians and facilities, while also gaining access to performance-based analytics on themselves and their competitors. Our platform equips business leaders and sales representatives with the insights they need to profitably grow their organizations.”

Key Observations
Across all major categories in the report, the Q2 2018 numbers indicate a continuation of previous trends:

  • The number of Medicare beneficiaries continued its steady growth year over year as expected, with the highest growth coming from western states. The slide dip in growth from Q1 2018 to Q2 2018 reflects the spike in open enrollment that typically occurs in the first quarter of each year. The total number of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans reached 35%.
  • The number of patients leaving their inpatient stays without post-acute care instructions remained steady at approximately 50%. When orders were given, skilled nursing facilities remained the most popular post-acute setting.
  • Home health admissions increased 1.6% from the previous quarter, which corresponds to the growth in the number of beneficiaries.
  • Hospice admissions continued to grow steadily, reporting growth of 3.5% over the same period last year. Hospice utilization, which measures the use of hospice services among Medicare decedents, also continued to rise, reporting a 1.5% increase over the same period last year and a 2.7% increase over the previous quarter. The number of states now reaching 50% hospice utilization grew from 16 to 28 states.

To access the Q2 2018 Post-Acute Care Industry Report, visit https://excelhealthgroup.com/industrytrendreport or to learn more about how your organization can access the full Excel Health insights to boost your performance, visit our website at http://www.excelhealthgroup.com.

About Excel Health
Excel Health provides growth solutions that drive critical workflows to dramatically improve performance. Our performance analytics, quality metrics and targeting tools are derived from complete 100% Medicare Part A & B data to produce high value to hospitals and home health and hospice agencies. In a recent study, our customers outpaced their competition and have experienced an ROI of over 600%. Excel Health customers are the only agencies in the market that can position themselves as an invaluable resource to their referral partners because they have exclusive visibility into the full continuum of care. For more information, please visit: http://www.excelhealthgroup.com; or, to see a demonstration, email us at sales@excelhealthgroup.com.

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