Use of Home Health Services among High Risk Rural Medicare Patients: Patient, Service, and Community Factors Associated with Outcomes of Care

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September 2015
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October 2017

This study will examine outcomes of care for rural Medicare patients who were discharged from hospitals and admitted to home health care for post-acute services. Outcomes will include emergent care use and re-hospitalization during the home health admission and community discharge. Key predictors include type of rural community (large, small, isolated small rural), geographic region, types and amounts of home health services provided, home health agency workforce characteristics, and available community healthcare resources.