What is a Home Health Agency (HHA)?

An HHA is a public or private organization that delivers skilled nursing and other therapeutic services to a patient’s personal residence, rather than in a more traditional healthcare facility setting.

Why are Home Health Agencies (HHAs) important in healthcare?

High-quality home health care is critical for those unable to comfortably leave their homes for ongoing outpatient care. Home health agencies are also utilized by those who have been recently discharged from a long-term care facility or from a hospital after receiving acute care. HHA provided services may include:

  • Home health aide assistance
  • Social work
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy

Home health care can lead to improved patient health and quality of life, shortened hospital stays, lower hospital costs, and prevention of unplanned readmissions.