The coronavirus is expected to drive demand for home health care in the long term. But in the short term, it has yielded industry-wide declines in employment and spending.
That’s according to a new data analysis released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) in partnership with the Peterson Center on Healthcare.
HCR, Interim and EvergreenHealth all reported that patients were turning home health aides away at much higher rates than usual in the early months of COVID-19. The same was true for the rest of the industry, leading to higher rates of low-utilization payment adjustments (LUPAs), meaning less money for providers.