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RIHC 2022 Home Care Chartbook, Co-Sponsored by NAHC, Highlights Continued Trends in Home Care

December 13, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Jennifer Schiller
Executive Director
Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications, NAHC
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RIHC 2021 Home Health Chartbook, Co-Sponsored by NAHC, Highlights Continued Impacts on Home Care due to COVID-19, Expanded Medicare Advantage Data

Washington, D.C. — The Research Institute for Home Care (RIHC) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) are excited to announce the release of the 2022 RIHC Home Care Chartbook.

The RIHC Home Care 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 KNG Health Consulting, 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 2022 AHHQI Home Care Chartbook,” said Joan Doyle, Chairman of the Institute’s Board of Directors. “As a partner and the largest trade organization in the home care industry, NAHC is a key member of the Institute and sponsor of the Chartbook. The Chartbook serves as an invaluable resource,

providing easily accessible data on the value of home 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 the Institute will present the findings in a webinar Thursday, January 19, 2023, at 2 pm ET, which will serve as an overview for the Chartbook, how to use it, key data from this year’s edition, and more. The webinar will be free and recorded for later use. Registration for the webinar will be available soon.

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 significant increase in patients with respiratory infections and inflammations with major complications or comorbidities from 2020-2021;
  • Readmissions rates to hospital from the top MS-DRG’s;
  • Continuing trends in home care; and
  • New demographic data on Medicare Advantage patients;

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About the Research Institute for Home Care (the Institute or RIHC)

The Research Institute for Home Care (the Institute or RIHC) is a non-profit, national consortium of home care providers and organizations. The Institute 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 Institute is committed to conducting and sponsoring research and initiatives that demonstrate and enhance the value proposition that home 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 https://www.nahc.org.