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The sharp drop in hospital utilization during the early weeks and months of the pandemic left many systems short on cash as elective care was deferred.
From fiscal year (FY) 2018 through FY 2021, the share of hospitals participating in Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing Program with a Total Performance Score of 50 or greater fell, to 9.3% from 13.6%.
In 2020, 68.2% of diabetes mellitus and 65.9% of atrial fibrillation cases were outpatient—a decrease of 3.8 and 3.6 percentage points, respectively, from 2018.
After a slight decline in 2018, the average overall rating for all hospitals reported on Care Compare cumulatively increased in 2019, to 3.22 stars, the highest overall rating for the years shown.
After growing by an average of 4% annually from 2015 to 2019, consumer spending on physician office services dropped by 6.5% in 2020, as patients deferred care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
From 2018 to 2019, all regions across the U.S. saw a slight decline in the percentage of Type 2 diabetes patients with poorly controlled A1c levels (above 9.0%)—a 0.9-point dip for the nation.
From 2017 through 2019, the share of Type 2 diabetes patients in Austin, Texas, with an A1c >9.0% was higher for such patients with depression than it was among the overall Type 2 diabetes population.
The share of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients in the U.S. who received an opioid analgesic declined notably to 40.5% (in 2019) from 45.8% (in 2017) and was highest, by region, in the South in both years.
For the third year in a row, the number of accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) fell, to 477 in 2021 from 561 in 2018.
In performance year (PY) 2019, the average MSSP ACO earned $2.4 million in shared savings payments from Medicare, a boost of 33.5% from the
PY 2018 mean.
In 2020, nursing care facilities shed 9.4% of jobs, while consumer spending on nursing home services fell by 6.2%, in large part due to the
From Q3 2019 to Q2 2020, emergency department visits and rehospitalizations for short-stay nursing home residents were both highest, by division, in the West South Central: 10.8% and 23.4%, respectively.
Total charge and Medicare payment amounts per skilled nursing facility nationwide declined from 2016 to 2018—the average Medicare charge dipped by around $74,000.
At least a quarter of Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health in each of the profiled states in 2018 were diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFib).
Telehealth utilization grew dramatically within the past year—soaring from less than 1% of all community health center visits in 2019 to a peak of more than half of such visits by the spring of 2020, before settling at around 27% in mid-October.
Before the pandemic, telehealth offerings in fee-for-service Medicare were limited mostly to visits provided outside the home and in rural settings; Medicare Advantage plan sponsors could offer much broader access.
December 2020 saw Emergency Use Authorizations issued for two COVID-19 vaccines. As of the first week of February 2021, however, less than 10% of most states’ populations had received a vaccine dose.
Both of the initial COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the U.S. require a two-dose regimen, raising the logistical burden and leading to low rates of administration, as some distributed doses were held in staging as second doses.
After more than quadrupling from September to December of 2020, weekly COVID-19 case counts for residents and staff at nursing facilities in the U.S. peaked at 33,621 and 28,662, respectively.
The subsequent fall in the number of weekly cases among residents and staff at nursing facilities in the U.S. coincided with a rise in the cumulative number of whom received the two-dose vaccine as part of the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program.
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