TrendLens December 21, 2017: Study Shows Home Health Saves Healthcare Costs And Readmissions

Lisa Remington

Welcome to TrendLens‚Ķtrends bending the curve in home health and post-acute care. In this issue of TrendLens, we discuss an important study of how home health is saving healthcare costs and limiting readmissions. Previous to this study, no other study has investigated how home health care has saved costs in context to a large diverse patient population.

Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group

Previously, no studies has investigated the utility of home health care within the context of a large and diverse patient population. Learn the 5 key facts about the study.

5 Key Facts About The Study

  • Patients who receive home health care after a hospital discharge save $6,433 in healthcare costs over the course of a year.
  • During the 365-day post-discharge period, home health care resulted in unadjusted savings of $15,233, or $6,433 after adjusting for covariates.
  • Discharge with home health care was associated with significant reduction in healthcare utilization and decreased hazard of readmission and death.
  • Home health is associated with reduced hazard of 30-day hospital readmissions.
  • For those who had a home health visit within a week of SNF discharge, the data shows almost a 40% decreased hazard of hospital readmission.
  • These data inform development of value-based care plans.