While the vast majority of Medicare beneficiaries live in areas served by at least one home health agency, recent studies suggest there are differences in access to home health care between urban and rural areas. When providing care in large, rural service areas with low concentrations of patients, home health agencies face different challenges than their urban counterparts, such as greater travel and time costs.
Authors:Mroz TM, Andrilla CHA, Garberson LA, Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Wong JL, Larson EH
Journal/Publisher:WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
Citation:Mroz TM, Andrilla CHA, Garberson LA, Skillman SM, Patterson DG, Wong JL, Larson EH. Variation in use of home health care among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries by rural-urban status and geographic region: assessing the potential for unmet need. WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, Feb 2020.
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