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Medicare and Home Health: Taking Stock in the COVID-19 Era

Brief Data Collection & Quality
October 1, 2020

By conducting an analysis of the current Medicare home care sector, this study identified challenges and opportunities highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The report concludes that home care is well-positioned to provide vital services but policy changes are needed, including bolstering the workforce.

https://www.commonwealthfund.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/VanHoutven_Medicare_home_health_COVID_ib_v2.pdf

Key Takeaways

Home care has become increasingly important during the pandemic.
Limitations of Medicare home care include around data collection and workforce investment.
Medicare home care can be modified to expand access, bolster the workforce, and enhance quality.
 
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