Chart of the Day: Number of Home Health Agencies Hits Record Levels

The number of home health agencies increased to almost 11,654 in 2010, with the biggest increase coming from for-profit agencies says MedPAC’s annual report to Congress.

It’s the highest amount on record, breaking the previous high in the 1990s when it exceeded 10,900 agencies.

Chart: MedPAC Home Health Data

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The high rate of growth is a particular concern because the new agencies appear to be concentrated in areas where fraud is a concern: California,Texas, and Florida.

These states, like most, do not have state certificate-of-need laws for home health care, which can limit the entry of new providers.

Written by John Yedinak

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