Home health agencies provide services to beneficiaries who are homebound and need skilled nursing care or therapy. Approximately 12 million individuals receive home health care from more than 33,000 providers for causes including acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disability, or terminal illness. Improvements among home health patients can reflect the quality of care from home health agencies.
- In 2015, the percentage of home health patients with improvement in their ability to take medications orally was 56.3%, compared with 46% in 2010.
- In 2013, the achievable benchmark for improvement in taking drugs correctly by mouth was 60.7%.
- Based on current trends, the total population of home health patients with improvement in their ability to take drugs correctly by mouth is estimated to reach the benchmark in 2017.
(Source: National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report Chartbook on patient safety. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; July 2017. AHRQ Pub. No. 17-0037-EF.)