Rise in ‘Geriatric ERs’ May Mean More Business for Home Health Providers

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Home health care has been proven to play a key role in lowering hospital readmission rates and preventing costly emergency room visits. Major hospitals are now designing ERs specifically for older adults, keeping the goal of re-hospitalization prevention top of mind.

And that may mean more business for home health providers moving forward.

“There’s a growing awareness that the traditional design of emergency-department care isn’t well suited to frail, older adults,” Kevin J. Biese, an emergency medicine physician who heads the new Geriatric ED Accreditation Board of the American College of Emergency Physicians, told The Wall Street Journal, which reported on the ER design trend Sunday.

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