Sending Patients Directly Home from the Hospital

Second quarter skilled nursing facility (SNF) occupancy has fallen to 81.7%, down from 82.6% in the first quarter and its lowest point in five years, according to a new report. While seasonal factors typically lower this figure in the second quarter, occupancy has dropped in the third and fourth quarter of recent years and may indicate the rate will fall further later this year. Many factors contribute to low occupancy, including the performance of complex surgeries in outpatient settings and the trend of sending patients directly home from the hospital, researchers add./p>

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