Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are vital to helping patients recover following surgical procedures and hospitalizations. But inconsistent performance among SNFs leads to challenges for hospitals and the Medicare program. Improving the performance of SNFs can lower hospital readmissions, as well as costs.

An analysis of UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members who received care at SNFs in 2019 shows:

of care occurred at high-performing facilities.

of care occurred at non-high-performing facilities.

Members who received care at high-performing SNFs experienced:

lower hospital readmission rate.

lower costs.

If all SNFs achieved high performance:


High-Performing Skilled Nursing Facilities Could Prevent 100,000 Medicare Hospital Readmissions per Year and Save $56 Billion over 10 Years


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