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Medicare beneficiaries get few home health visits after ICU stay

Key clinical point: Medicare beneficiaries receive a low and perhaps inadequate number of rehabilitation visits in the early posthospitalization period after critical illness.

Major finding: On average, beneficiaries received just 3.5 home rehabilitation visits in 30 days, while 33% had no visits on record.

Study details: Analysis of 2012 data for 3,176 Medicare beneficiaries discharged to home health after an acute hospitalization with an ICU stay of at least 24 hours.

Disclosures: The lead author reported royalties related to an online continuing education course on hospital readmissions. No other disclosures were reported.


Falvey J et al. Crit Care Med. 2020 Jan;48(1):28.