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Resources by Topic: Home health

Medicare Payment Basics: Home Health Care Services Payment System
Provides an overview of Medicare payments for home health care services. Includes information on rate setting and payments based on quality reporting and performance.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Aging in Place in Small Urban and Rural Communities
Examines the current state of aging in place, including cost benefits of rural residents living independently and using home health services and public transportation, rather than relocating to assisted living facilities. Includes statistics on costs of various types of senior living situations in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Maine, New Mexico, and Montana, and aging in place cost savings forecasts for these states.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Del Peterson, Ted Rieck
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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Research Highlight: VHA-Indian Health Service Collaborations Reveal Opportunities to Improve Rural Health Care
Describes results of the expansion of the Veterans Administration Home Based Primary Care program to rural areas and to American Indian reservations, beginning in 2009.
Author(s): B. Josea Kramer, Debra Saliba
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Home is Where the Heart Is: Insights on the Coordination and Delivery of Home Health Services in Rural America
Identifies facilitators and barriers to providing home health services in rural areas, discusses how rural home health services are currently provided, and offers thoughts about the provision of home health services in the future. Findings are based on phone interviews with home health agency administrators, hospital discharge planners or case managers, and rural health innovators that took place during 2015-2016.
Author(s): Alana Knudson, Britta Anderson, Kellie Schueler, Emily Arsen
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, 2017
Annual review of Medicare payment policies, with recommendations to Congress. Includes discussions on Medicare payment policies that directly affect rural providers and beneficiaries.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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HCIA Complex/High-Risk Patient Targeting: Third Annual Report
Third annual evaluations of Health Care Innovation Awards Round One projects focused on patients with medically complex conditions at high risk for hospitalization, re-hospitalization, emergency department visits, or nursing home stays. Presents program effectiveness findings based on Medicare and Medicaid claims data, surveys, site visits, and interviews. Several projects serve rural areas, offering caregiver education and support, telehealth services, and various care coordination approaches.
Additional links: Addendum, April 2017
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, NORC at the University of Chicago
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Hurricane Response: CMS Waivers and Exceptions for Facilities
Outlines the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' response to Hurricanes Nate, Maria, Irma, and Harvey. The actions are focused on maintaining access to care for affected Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Includes information about administrative actions and waivers for Critical Access Hospitals, Medicare-dependent small rural hospitals, low-volume providers, and other participating facilities.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Community Factors and Outcomes of Home Health Care for High-Risk Rural Medicare Beneficiaries
Analyzes the relationship of rurality, geographic location, economic factors, and the availability of health resources, with home healthcare outcomes among rural Medicare beneficiaries at high risk for hospital readmission and emergency department use.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Aging in Rural and Frontier Oregon: Challenges Facing Rural and Frontier Home Health Agencies
Provides an overview of the services and challenges affecting home health agencies providing services to the aging population by county in rural Oregon. Includes discussion on healthcare access, home health agency regulation and reimbursement, recruitment and retention of healthcare providers, and physician compliance.
Author(s): Callie Walsh, Jamie Horst
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Office of Rural Health
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Looking Ahead: Rural-Urban Differences in Anticipated Need for Aging-Related Assistance
Findings brief using information collected through the 2011-2012 National Health Interview Survey, describing the degree to which rural and urban adults ages 40-64 anticipate that they may need help later in life, and where they expect they will find it. Features statistics with breakdowns by race or ethnicity, urban or rural location, insurance status, overall health quality, amount of anticipated need for assistance, and reported activity limitations.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Karen M. Jones
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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