January 20, 2023
Inequities and SDOH
  • The Commonwealth Fund posted a new blog indicating that Medicare beneficiaries of color are more likely to rely on informal caregivers for home health. Among home health users, Black (non-Hispanic) and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries reported, on average, that they received care from home health care providers more than seven months in a year, about half of that time from unpaid informal caregivers. Both Black (non-Hispanic) Medicare beneficiaries and Hispanic beneficiaries were more likely to report using unpaid informal caregivers than agency providers. The authors conclude that efforts are needed to promote more equitable access to high-quality home health care. (Blog here)