Medicare Beneficiary Outcomes in Rural and Urban Home Health Agencies
- Do rural and urban home health agencies differ in the quality of home care provided?
- To what extent are the following agency characteristics associated with better or worse outcomes?
- To what extent do differences in staff composition, caseload and service intensity contribute to differences in patient outcomes?
Data for this study will be obtained from the Medicare Providers of Services file and the Medicare Home Health Compare (HHC) database. Results will provide preliminary data that may be used in the on-going monitoring of Medicare home care policies on rural communities. Results will be disseminated through a final report and a policy brief.
Performance of Rural and Urban Home Health Agencies in Improving Patient Outcomes
NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
This study was conducted to determine whether rural and urban home care agencies differ in terms of patient care outcomes and to ascertain whether there are agency characteristics that are associated with better or worse outcomes.