One-third of all fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries receiving post-acute care have a diagnosis of dementia, and more than 7 in 10 receive this care in a SNF. Overall use and trends were similar in the Medicare Advantage population.

Most Medicare recipients with dementia receive post-acute care in a skilled nursing facility despite the influence of payment reform efforts, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania say. In prior research among the same cohort of Medicare recipients with dementia, they found that outcomes of SNF and home health care were similar for older beneficiaries with similar health profiles and a diagnosis of dementia.

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