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U.S. Post-acute Care Market Size By Services (Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities [IRF], Skilled Nursing Facilities [SNFs], Home Health Agencies [HHAs], Hospice Care, Long-term Care Hospitals [LTCHs]), By Conditions (Amputations, Wound Management, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurological Disorders), By Age {Elderly (65 years & older), Adult (45-64 years)}, Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Covid-19 Impact Analysis, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2022– 2028

  • Report ID: GMI5203
  • Published Date: Feb 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

U.S. post-acute care market size surpassed USD 419.7 billion in 2021 and is expected to witness 4.8% CAGR from 2022 to 2028. Increasing collaboration between the public and private sectors are some of the major factors that are expected to facilitate U.S. market expansion. Moreover, aging population coupled with growing need for the management of chronic diseases or disabilities is projected to fuel the industry growth.

U.S. post-acute care market

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Post-acute care encompasses a variety of medical treatments aimed at assisting a person's continuous recovery from illness or the management of a chronic disease or disability. Post-acute care is an important part of the healthcare system for elderly people, as well as a plan for keeping them healthy. Elderly are more prone than younger adults to have a variety of comorbidities and impairments, and they take longer to recover from acute illness. Therefore, above-mentioned factors foster the overall market progression.

However, cost factors severely restrict the amount of days spent in the hospital, limiting older persons' ability to recover their health following illness. As a result, post-acute care models were created to fulfil the needs of older persons recovering from different illnesses. Treatment outside of a medical institution is an essential part of post-acute care, as it allows patients to continue receiving appropriate care after finishing treatment for an acute illness and reclaim the autonomy they had before being admitted to the hospital.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the U.S. post-acute care market, as admissions decreased, and vacant beds resulted in significant financial losses for skilled nursing facilities. Hospital admissions began to fall in March 2020, as hospitals postponed elective admissions and treatments. Also, physicians shifted their focus away from in-person care to telemedicine and many people also put off getting medical help.

Post-acute care includes palliative or rehabilitation services instead of staying in an acute care hospital. On the basis on the intensity of care the patient requires, the services or treatment are decided for better management.  

Rising geriatric population susceptible to chronic diseases will boost the industry growth over the analysis period

The healthcare needs of the growing senior population in the U.S. continue to be a problem for healthcare practitioners. In the near future, the U.S. is expected to see a rapid increase in its elderly population. By 2050, the total number of people aged 65+ in the U.S. is predicted to reach 88.5 million, owing primarily to the ageing of the baby boomer generation. Over the projection period, the significant rise of the population aged 65+, particularly in the 75-84 age group, is expected to fuel the U.S. post-acute care market statistics. Furthermore, rising patient complexity with a growing number of comorbidities, rising frequency and incidence of cardiovascular disease, and ageing of the population will all drive higher demand for post-acute care facilities in the U.S.

Higher demand skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) will augment the market over the projected timeline

U.S. Post-acute Care Market, By Services

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Based on services, the U.S. post-acute care market is bifurcated into inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospice care, long-term care hospitals. The skilled nursing facilities segment accounted for around 41% market share in 2021, owing to growing geriatric population and subsequent prevalence of chronic diseases. The skilled nursing facilities are staffed with trained medical professionals that provide the medically necessary services of physical and occupational therapists, audiologists, speech pathologists along with licensed nurses that favors the market expansion.

Spinal cord injuries will drive the market share over the forecast timeframe

U.S. Post-acute Care Market, By Condition

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By conditions, the U.S. post-acute care market is segmented into amputations, wound management, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders, and others. Among them, the spinal cord injury (SCI) segment accounted for around USD 54.4 billion revenue size in 2021. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, over 17,000 new spinal cord injury cases occur annually across the U.S. and there are approximately 291,000 Americans living with SCI condition. Therefore, post-acute care services are anticipated to offer significant help to people living with SCI over the forecast period thereby, accelerating the market trends.

Surging number of sports injuries among children will accelerate the overall market progression

Based on age, the U.S. post-acute care industry is categorized into elderly (65 years & older), adult (45-64 years), and others. The others segment accounted for more than 23.4% market share in 2021. Sports injuries and accidents amongst this population pool is projected to accelerate the market outlook. According to National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics, annually 30 million children participate in some form of sports activities. These activities lead to 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among the U.S. children. Every year, more than 775,000 children under the age of 14 are seen in hospital emergency departments for sports-related injuries. The majority of the injuries are caused by falls, collisions, and overexertion. This is anticipated to fuel the market size over the forecast period as they would require assistance in regaining their physical abilities.

North-East Region will stimulate the U.S. post-acute care market growth

U.S. Post-acute Care Market, By States

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South Atlantic post-acute care industry captured over USD 87 billion revenue in 2021 and is poised to grow substantially during the forthcoming years. High regional growth is attributed to well-developed healthcare facilities and availability of several treatment options for better patient care. Similarly, presence of major market players and post-acute care service providers in this region proves beneficial for the regional market expansion.

Innovative strategies by key market players will upsurge growth opportunities in the U.S. post-acute care market

Some of the key industry players operating in the U.S. post-acute care industry include Alden Network, Amedisys Inc., AMITA Health, Athena Health Care Systems, Bella Vista Health Center, Benchmark Senior Living, Brookdale Senior Living, CareCentrix, Inc., CareCentrix, Inc., Covenant Care, Encompass Health Corporation, Evernorth Health, Inc., Focused Post-Acute Care Partners, LLC, FutureCare, Genesis Healthcare, Kindred Healthcare, LHC Group, Lincoln Square Post-Acute Care, Mission Hills Post-Acute, Montecito Post-Acute Care and Rehabilitation, naviHealth, Inc., PAC Leaders, Peninsula Post-Acute, Post-Acute Medical, Post-Acute Partners, Santé, SoCal Post-Acute Care, Sonoma Post-Acute, South Bay Post-Acute Care, Spring Hills, SYMPHONY CARE NETWORK, Victoria Post-Acute Care, Vineyard Post-Acute, Vitas Healthcare, and Windsor Post-Acute Care Center.

Several post-acute care providers are eager to collaborate and innovate to enhance their performance. A commitment to value-based care, the capacity and desire to evaluate data to promote improvement, as well as geographic coverage and size, are some of the most important characteristics of potential post-acute partners. To maintain market rivalry in the U.S. post-acute care business, these market participants are employing numerous growth strategies that include continual innovations and technological advancements.

Some of the recent industry developments:

  • In February 2022, Encompass Health Corp. announced JV (joint venture) agreement to include the Baptist Health home health agency in Miami, Florida. This is projected to assist in company growth thereby, supporting the expansion of U.S. post-acute care business growth.
  • In September 2021, LHC Group acquired Heart of Hospice. This strategic move anticipated LHC Group presence in hospice services thereby, augmenting the industry growth.

The U.S. post-acute care market research report include an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD from 2017 to 2028, for the following segments:

By Services

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice Care
  • Long-term Care Hospitals
  • Others

By Conditions

  • Amputations
  • Wound Management
  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Others

By Age

  • Elderly (65 years & older)
  • Adult (45-64 years)
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • East North Central
    • Illinois
    • Indiana
    • Michigan
    • Ohio
    • Wisconsin
  • West South Central
    • Arkansas
    • Louisiana
    • Oklahoma
    • Texas
  • South Atlantic
    • Delaware
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Maryland
    • North Carolina
    • South Carolina
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • District of Columbia
  • Northeast
    • Connecticut
    • Massachusetts
    • Maine
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Pennsylvania
    • Rhode Island
    • Vermont
  • East South Central
    • Alabama
    • Kentucky
    • Mississippi
    • Tennessee
  • West North Central
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Minnesota
    • Missouri
    • North Dakota
    • Nebraska
    • South Dakota
  • Pacific Central
    • Alaska
    • California
    • Hawaii
    • Oregon
  • Mountain States
    • Arizona
    • Colorado
    • Idaho
    • Montana
    • New Mexico
    • Nevada
    • Utah
    • Wyoming
Authors: Sumant Ugalmugle, Rupali Swain

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

U.S. post-acute care market share exceeded USD 419.7 billion in 2021 and is anticipated to record a CAGR of 4.8% between 2022 and 2028 driven by the surging collaboration between the private and public sectors in the country.

The market value from skilled nursing facilities accounted for nearly 41% of the industry share in 2021 and will grow with rising geriatric population and the subsequent prevalence of chronic diseases.

South Atlantic market for post-acute care crossed USD 87 billion revenue in 2021 and is expected to expand considering the well-developed nature of healthcare facilities for better patient care.

Major players in the U.S. post-acute care services industry comprise Genesis Healthcare, Benchmark Senior Living, Mission Hills Post-Acute, CareCentrix, Inc., South Bay Post-Acute Care, LHC Group, Covenant Care, Vineyard Post-Acute, and others.

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  • Base Year: 2021
  • Companies covered: 36
  • Tables & Figures: 416
  • Countries covered: 8
  • Pages: 380

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