Rapid growth in home health use has occurred despite limited evidence about the necessary volume of HHC needed to achieve optimal patient outcomes, and whether or not it substitutes for more costly institutional care. The central hypotheses of this study are that: (1) volume-outcome relationships are present in HHC for common patient conditions, (2) upper and lower volume thresholds define the range of services most beneficial to patients, and (3) a strengthened physician role and better integration of HHC with other services during an episode of care can optimize patient outcomes while controlling costs.
EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:09/30/2001
AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Strategic Planning
FEDERAL CONTACT: Ann Meadow, 410-786-6602
PIC ID: 7179
PERFORMER: Center for Health Policy Research, Denver, CO