Home Health Care News April 15, 2021
Robert Holly

Since last spring, there has been a consistent — and justifiable — narrative that long-term care residents are particularly vulnerable to the deadly COVID-19 virus.

New research, however, suggests it’s not so simple.

A team of researchers from the Cleveland Clinic and Health Data Analytics Institute (HDAI) explored how the COVID-19 virus affects actual versus expected mortality rates among the Medicare fee-for-service population.

Specifically, researchers examined tens of millions of individual Medicare claims linked to more than 28 million people to learn how underlying conditions, demographics, setting and other factors contribute to the overall likelihood of death over a given time period.

Using an artificial intelligence tool, they then compared “digital health twins” to help quantify COVID-19’s impact. The Medicare...

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