Homebound patients often struggle with complex medical conditions among the costliest in healthcare. One recent analysis concluded that homebound people aged 70 and older accounted for 11% of Medicare spending in 2015, even though they comprise only 5.7% of the Medicare fee-for-service demographic.
In addition to older Americans, research shows that homebound populations have more chronic conditions on average and are more likely to have been hospitalized in the past 12 months. Further, homebound Americans also commonly face health equity issues related to social determinants of health (SDoH), such as lack of reliable transportation, making it difficult or impossible for them to visit a clinic, hospital or doctor’s office for evaluation and treatment. As a result, their chronic conditions can worsen, leading to poorer health outcomes and higher healthcare costs.
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