WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 18, 2021)—The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) teamed up once again for the release of the 2021 AHHQI Home Health Chartbook.
The AHHQI Home Health 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 Avalere, 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 & Medicaid Services.
“We are once again excited to welcome NAHC as a sponsor of 2021 AHHQI Home Health Chartbook,” said Joan Doyle, chairman of AHHQI’s board of directors. “As a partner and the largest trade organization in the home health care industry, NAHC is a key supporter of AHHQI and the Chartbook. The Chartbook serves as an invaluable resource, providing easily accessible data on the value of home health 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 AHHQI will present the findings in a forthcoming webinar, which will serve as an overview for the Chartbook, how to use it, key data from this year’s edition and more. The date and time of the webinar will be announced in the very near future. The webinar will be free and recorded for later use.
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 decrease in patients with a major joint replacement being discharged to home health care in 2020 versus 2021;
- A decrease from 2019 in readmissions from home health to hospital within 30 days;
- Significant reduction of inpatient hospital discharges to all post-acute care settings; and
- New information on access to care and patient satisfaction.
Registration information for the webinar coming soon. Visit nahc.org for more information.