The Future of Home Health Care: Workshop Summary


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On September 30 and October 1, 2014, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) convened a public workshop on the future of home health care. The workshop was supported by a group of sponsors,  hosted by the IOM-NRC Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence, and planned by an ad hoc committee. The 2-day public workshop brought together a spectrum of public and private stakeholders and thought leaders to improve understanding of the role of home health care (especially Medicare home health care) in supporting aging in place and in helping high-risk, chronically ill, and disabled Americans receive health care and other needed supports and services in their homes; the evolving role of home health care, including how to integrate home health care into new models for the delivery of care and the future health care marketplace;  the key policy reforms and investments in workforces, technologies, and research needed to leverage the role of home health care; and research priorities that can help clarify the value of home health care.