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Report notes decline in IRF use by Medicare beneficiaries, blames policy changes
Modern Healthcare

Over the past seven years, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, which face continued federal funding cuts, saw a 26% decrease in utilization by Medicare beneficiaries, according to a report. “Rehabilitation hospitals deliver high-quality care and provide unique clinical value for patients who require hospital-level care and intensive rehabilitation after an illness, injury or surgery,” said Richard Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association. “Any further payment reductions would inappropriately reduce patients’ ability to access these important services.”