Study: Home Care Reduces Short-Term Readmissions

Hospital Discharge, Referring to Home Health

Transitional care interventions from hospital to home reduced hospital readmissions for chronically ill patients in the intermediate term (31-180 days) and in the long term (181-365 days), according to a study in Health Affairs.

Home care visits a necessary tool in reducing short-term (30 days or less) hospital readmissions for chronically ill adults.

Home care visits a necessary tool in reducing short-term (30 days or less) hospital readmissions for chronically ill adults.

 

However, only high-intensity interventions — including home care — seemed to be effective in reducing short-term readmissions for chronically ill patients.

“Our findings suggest that to reduce short-term readmissions, transitional care should consist of high-intensity interventions that include care coordination by a nurse, communication between the primary care provider and the hospital and a home visit within three days after discharge,” the authors write.

Read study in Health Affairs.