Half of Patients Referred to Home Health Don’t Receive Services — But Providers Can Change That

Half of Patients Referred to Home Health Don’t Receive Services — But Providers Can Change That

Home health is often utilized as a recovery tool when patients transition out of the hospital because of its ability to improve outcomes. But many of the Medicare beneficiaries who receive referrals after being discharged aren’t actually receiving these services.

Overall, the past several decades have seen an increase in the use of post-acute services, with more than 40% of Medicare beneficiaries receiving such care after being released from a hospital, according to a recently published study in JAMA Network Open.

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