Location Factors Heavily into the Quality of Home Health Care

Posted Saturday, January 8, 2022

According to a study conducted by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing, home health agencies in rural areas quicker than urban ones, but urban agencies have better outcomes.

“In order to examine how quality varies between rural and urban home health settings, the researchers analyzed national data, spanning from 2014 to 2018, on quality performance measures from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This data included 7,908 home health agencies.

Overall, rural agencies outperform on timely initiation of care. Specifically, these providers began care shortly after doctor’s orders, or within two days after a home health referral or hospital discharge.

On the flip side, urban agencies outperform on preventing hospitalization and emergency room visits.”

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