The introduction of Medicare's hospital prospective payment system has raised concerns about availability of and access to
needed health care services after beneficiaries are discharged from the hospital. In this article, Medicare coverage of skilled
nursing facility, home health agency, and inpatient hospital rehabilitation services is discussed and recent trends in the
use of these services are explored. In addition, an overview is provided of two major studies currently sponsored by the Federal
Government to examine availability and other issues related to post-hospital care.
Aftercare/economics : Data Collection : Home Care Services/utilization : Medicare/statistics & numerical data : Rehabilitation
Centers/utilization : Skilled Nursing Facilities/utilization : United States : United States Health Care Financing Administration