Physician evaluation and management of Medicare home health patients.

  title={Physician evaluation and management of Medicare home health patients.},
  author={Jennifer L. Wolff and Ann Meadow and Cynthia M Boyd and Carlos O. Weiss and Bruce Leff},
  journal={Medical care},
  volume={47 11},
OBJECTIVE The Medicare home health benefit is predicated on physician referral and involvement. In this study, we investigated (1) the frequency and (2) implications of home health patients' evaluation and management by community physicians. METHODS The 2005 and 2006 Medicare 5% Standard Analytic Files were linked to the Outcome and Assessment Information Set to examine physician visits among 74,462 fee-for service Medicare beneficiaries with a home health episode of care between July 1, 2005… CONTINUE READING