Black, Hispanic and low-income patients on Medicare have less access to high-quality home health agencies, according to new research. The same is true for those who live in neighborhoods with a greater share of Black, Hispanic and low-income residents.
A new Health Affairs study found that there is 5.5 percentage points between Black and white patients' use of high-quality home health agencies, 11.9 percentage points between Hispanic and white patients' use and a 3.9 percentage-point difference between higher-income and low-income patients' use, making high-quality care "out of reach" for some. More than 3 million Medicare beneficiaries receive home health services.
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