According to a new study by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, home health agencies can help hospitals reduce readmissions and control healthcare costs. However, the effectiveness of these agencies in meeting such goals depends on the quality of organizational support given to healthcare field workers. Researchers note that home health care nurses are so frequently overburdened with non-care responsibilities that it affects their ability to provide patients with the level of services they need. Additionally, reduced reimbursement from Medicare, such as the 14 percent cut from 2014 through 2017, makes it harder for high-performing agencies to continue their success. In determining which agencies to work with, hospitals should be aware of the work environment pressures agencies are under and how these pressures may impact their ability to be an effective partner.
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