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Published on June 16, 2020

MEDIA | Home Care Health News: Coronavirus Pushed Home Health Employment Down 7%, Spending Down 12%

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.

Read the Home Care Health News story

About EvergreenHealth

EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 12 primary care practices, six urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, extensive home care and hospice services, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.

EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

The health system is consistently named as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and it is one of only 407 hospitals nationwide to hold a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS).

Learn more at www.evergreenhealth.com.


MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kayse Dahl
EvergreenHealth
425.899.1855
KLDahl@evergreenhealthcare.org

Kristi Herriott
Firmani + Associates Inc.
206.466.2702
kristi@firmani.com

Media Contact

Kayse Dahl
EvergreenHealth
(425) 899-1855
KLDahl@evergreenhealthcare.org