Half of Patients Referred to Home Health Do Not Receive Services

Posted on Monday, October 12, 2020

Medicare beneficiaries are utilizing home health services more often now than they have in the past.  However, nearly half of them are not utilizing the services.

“When it comes to home health care, in particular, roughly 2.3 million Medicare patients were discharged from hospitals with home health referrals in 2016. Despite that large number of referrals, only 54% of those individuals utilized home health services after their hospitalization within two weeks.

Additionally, 37.7% never received care; 8.3% were either institutionalized or died within 14 days, without receiving a home health visit. This data underscores the role these services can often play in helping patients return to prior levels of functioning.”

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