According to MedPAC, measurements used to track the home health industry could use some updating to better align perception with reality, and interestingly enough, access may be one of the rare occasions where on-the-ground evidence tells a truer story than available data.

“The access to home health appears to be very good,” Evan Christman, a senior analyst for MedPAC, said during the commission’s public meeting Friday. “Eighty-eight percent of beneficiaries live in the counties served by five or more home health agencies. Ninety-nine percent of beneficiaries live in a county served by at least one home health agency.”

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