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Home health care’s role in post-acute care

Depending on the source, the home health care industry is either a boon to older adults or an industry rife with fraud and abuse. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in-between. For most part, home health care can be a cost-effective alternative to hospital or facility care, providing many clinical and skilled nursing services in a non-institutional setting. Hospitals are under intense pressure to reduce or avoid re-admissions within 30 days of patient discharge, clinicians want alternatives to institutionalized care, and insurers – especially Medicare – realize cost-savings through home-based short-term nursing and therapy services.

Here are some of the things to be aware of when covering home health care.

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