Health Leaders Media: Study of Physicians Use of Home Health Services

A  survey conducted by the Massachusetts Medical Society in collaboration with the Home Care Alliance has shown that a vast majority of physicians believe home health care services provide multiple advantages in improving health care quality and reducing costs without compromising outcomes, but administrative burdens, reimbursement issues, and lack of access to the services are regarded as main barriers to using these services.

Health Leaders Media wrote a story on the study results that came out July 1st, an excerpt of which can be seen below. You can read the entire article by clicking here.

Slightly more than half of the doctors who responded to a physician survey in Massachusetts last fall said they kept patients in the hospital longer than necessary because of a lack of access to home health services, according to a new report.

But most of the doctors said they were aware that use of such agencies can safely reduce days of hospitalization and their cost as well as emergency room utilization, an increasing priority in the health reform agenda.

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