Home-based treatment, rates of ambulatory follow-up, and psychiatric rehospitalization in a Medicaid managed care population

Frederick, Scott; Caldwell, Karen; McGartland Rubio, Doris; Rubio, Doris McGartland
November 2002
Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research;Nov2002, Vol. 29 Issue 4, p466
Academic Journal
journal article
This study reports on the effect of home-based mental health treatment following psychiatric hospitalization on ambulatory follow-up rates and readmission rates in a Medicaid managed care population. Logistic regression models were used to predict the odds of ambulatory treatment after hospitalization and to predict rehospitalization. A consumer who received in-home treatment was 22 times more likely to follow-through with aftercare treatment of more than one visit than were those who did not receive in-home treatment. However, in-home treatment, age, gender, and previous hospitalization did not significantly predict the odds of rehospitalization. While home-based services did not reduce the incidence of rehospitalization, providing services within the home has the potential to increase attendance in aftercare services by Medicaid managed care recipients.


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