AHHQI 2021 Home Health Chartbook, Co-Sponsored by NAHC, Highlights Changes to Home Health Following PDGM and COVID-19

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Thomas Threlkeld
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AHHQI 2021 Home Health Chartbook, Co-Sponsored by NAHC, Highlights Changes to Home Health Following PDGM and COVID-19

Washington, D.C. — The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) teamed up once again for the release of the 2021 AHHQI Home Health Chartbook.

The AHHQI Home Health Chartbook, published annually, provides a broad overview of home health patients, the home health workforce, organizational trends, and the economic contribution of home health agencies. The Chartbook also provides data on 30-day rehospitalization rates. Compiled and charted by Avalere, the Chartbook summarizes and analyzes statistics on home health from a range of government sources, including the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Medicare Cost Reports, Home Health Compare, Medicare fee-for-service claims, and other data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“We are once again excited to welcome NAHC as a sponsor of 2021 AHHQI Home Health Chartbook,” said Joan Doyle, Chairman of AHHQI’s Board of Directors. “As a partner and the largest trade organization in the home health care industry, NAHC is a key supporter of AHHQI and the Chartbook. The Chartbook serves as an invaluable resource, providing easily accessible data on the value of home health care. NAHC’s continued sponsorship allow us to provide the Chartbook and supplemental materials free of charge to those interested in home health care and the role it plays in the care continuum.”

“The Chartbook is a highly valuable resource and full of essential information on the impact of the Medicare home health benefit,” said NAHC President William A. Dombi. “I rely on it frequently for NAHC policy development and advocacy.”

NAHC and AHHQI will present the findings in a forthcoming new webinar, which will serve as an overview for the Chartbook, how to use it, key data from this year’s edition, and more. The date and time of the webinar will be announced in the very near future. The webinar will be free and recorded for later use.

A few key takeaways that will be discussed:

  • Shifts in types of diagnoses discharged to home health from hospital from previous years;
    • For example, a decrease in patients with a major joint replacement being discharged to home health care in 2020 versus 2021;
  • A decrease from 2019 in readmissions from home health to hospital within 30 days;
  • Significant reduction of inpatient hospital discharges to all post-acute care settings; and
  • New information on access to care and patient satisfaction.

Stay tuned for more information and registration for the upcoming webinar.

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About The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation
The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation is a non-profit, national consortium of home health care providers and organizations. The Alliance invests in research and education about home health care and its ability to deliver quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care across the care continuum. The Alliance is committed to conducting and sponsoring research and initiatives that demonstrate and enhance the value proposition that home health care has to offer patients and the entire U.S. health care system.

About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit http://www.nahc.org.