Home Visit Models Save Money, Reduce ED Visits, Hospitalizations

From the AJMC:

Home visits by teams led by registered nurses or lay health workers can also reduce costs and utilization of services, such as emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations, according to a paper published in Health Affairs.

Past research on home-based care has focused on care delivered by teams led by primary care providers. The current study evaluated the effectiveness of 5 home visit models under the Health Care Innovation Awards of CMS.

The models used patient-extender teams to provide care to Medicare beneficiaries and address aspects of service delivery not based in primary care.   “Home visits offer an opportunity to reach high-risk, high-needs patients before a change in condition necessitates a higher level of care and can mitigate access barriers such as lack of transportation or limited mobility,” the authors wrote.

 

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