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Home Health Agencies' Challenges and Strategies in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Home health agencies (HHAs) have faced unprecedented challenges to providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reported challenges include, but are not limited to, procuring necessary equipment and supplies, implementing telehealth to treat patients remotely, and addressing staffing shortages. However, the full spectrum of these challenges, including how challenges have evolved over time, is unknown. HHAs have used strategies to address these challenges, but the array of strategies and the extent to which HHAs found them helpful are also unknown. This nationwide study will provide insights into the strategies HHAs have used to address the challenges presented by COVID-19, including how well their emergency preparedness plans served them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
January 2021 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Home Health Agencies' Challenges and Strategies in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-01-21-00110 2022