Home health care can include broad care given by skilled medical professionals, including skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Home health care can also include skilled, non-medical care, such as medical social services or assistance with daily living from a highly qualified home health aide. As the Medicare program describes, home health care is unique as a care setting not only because the care is provided in the home, but the care itself is “usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective” as care given in a hospital or skilled nursing facility.
Home health providers are working to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions, both as individual agencies and as part of the Home Health Quality Improvement campaign led by quality improvement organizations (QIOs). Home health providers are committed to quality improvement and are interested in working as partners with hospitals to prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions. Read more.