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
Project completed:
May 2018

This study examined outcomes of care for rural Medicare patients who were discharged from hospitals and admitted to home healthcare for post-acute services. Outcomes included emergent care use and re-hospitalization during the home health admission and community discharge. Key predictors included 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.