The use of Medicare home health care services.

  title={The use of Medicare home health care services.},
  author={H Gilbert Welch and David E. Wennberg and W. Pete Welch},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={335 5},
BACKGROUND Medicare's home health care program, consisting primarily of home visits by nurses and health aides, was conceived as a means to facilitate hospital discharge. Because home health care is now one of the fastest-growing categories of Medicare expenditures, we analyzed Medicare claims data to determine current patterns of use. METHODS We used 1993 data from Medicare's National Claims History File to examine the temporal relation between home visits and hospital discharge, as well as… CONTINUE READING