Information Needs in Home Care: A Review and Analysis

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  • June L. Helberg Ed.D., R.N.

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    1. June L. Helberg, Ed.D., R.N. is from the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, New York
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  • The completion of this manuscript was supported in part by FIRST award I R29 NRO2000-01 from the National Center for Nursing Research, Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Address correspondence to June L. Helberg, Ed.D., University of Rochester School of Nursing, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642.

Abstract

Before prospective payment can be implemented in home care, providers and administrators in home care agencies require information in a variety of areas. This article reviews the literature on several factors likely to influence the market for home care services, including hospital use trends, the response to diagnosis-related groups by home care agencies, proposed reimbursement patterns, patient disease and demographic profiles, and patient needs. Research must be conducted in several areas before prospective payment can be implemented in home care.

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