Dual eligibles in nursing homes have fewer hospitalizations than those in home- and community-based care, researchers find

March 20, 2014 3:12 AM

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Dual eligibles in nursing homes have fewer hospitalizations than those in home- and community-based care, researchers find

Elderly, frail people are more likely to be hospitalized if they are receiving home- or community-based services than if they live in a nursing home, according to newly published research.

Recent Medicaid reforms have aimed to increase use of HCBS because it is believed to be less costly than institutional long-term care, investigators noted. They said their findings suggest that more frequent hospitalizations are a “hidden cost” of home- and community-based care.

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