Future of Home Health Care: A Workshop

Type: Stand Alone Workshop
Topics: Aging, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Quality and Patient Safety
Board: Board on Health Sciences Policy

Activity Description

The Medicare program supports health care at home for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities through the home health benefit, by providing coverage for intermittent skilled nursing and therapy services that are provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies subject to a physician’s plan of care.  In addition to the Medicare home health benefit, other programs and factors are relevant to the ability to age in place and receive services and supports at home, such as Medicaid and other state programs (providing home and community based services), private insurance policies with varying degrees of coverage, and family and private support. Many initiatives, pilots and demonstration projects, and programs, have been created to shift the paradigm of care from one focused on volume to one focused on value.

Because these issues will influence both public and population health, greater understanding is needed to clarify how policies can support the entire home health ecosystem in the future.
To this end, an ad hoc committee of the National Academies will plan a two-day public workshop with presentations and discussions that will:

  1. Provide an overview of the current state of home health care (defined broadly), with an emphasis on Medicare home health care, and inform understanding of the role of home health care in the future in the context of the health care system as a whole;
  2. Examine and explore innovative care delivery models;
  3. Discuss how to facilitate the role of home health care in achieving the Triple Aim of improving quality of patient care, improving population health, and reducing overall cost of care; and
  4. Consider specific needs including: infrastructure, workforce, research and measurement, and technology. Attention will also be paid to policy reforms and communication strategies needed to recognize the value of home health care.

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