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Study reinforces home care’s role in reducing hospitalizations for seniors

Photo: VCU Libraries via Flickr

Photo: VCU Libraries via Flickr

Home care has long been held up as a model to help avoid preventable hospitalizations or readmissions. A new study from RAND, just published in Health Affairs, confirms its benefits. [Note: AHCJ members get free access to Health Affairs.]

Medicare recipients enrolled in a clinical home visit program between 2008 and 2012 had 14 percent fewer hospital admissions and a lower risk of admission to nursing homes over the 12 months after they were evaluated, when compared to other Medicare recipients enrolled in traditional fee-for-service health programs. The decrease was smaller when compared to Medicare recipients enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans but still “significant,” researchers said. Continue reading