The United States faces a shortage of providers who care for homebound patients. About 5,000 primary care providers made 1.7 million home visits to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in 2013, accounting for 70 percent of all home-based medical visits. Nine percent of these providers performed 44 percent of visits. However, most homebound people live more than thirty miles from a high-volume provider.
Keywords: Aging; Home Care; Home-Based Medical Care; Homebound; Workforce Issues.
Project HOPE—The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.