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*This paper was developed for the Health and Public Policy Committee by the Aging Subcommittee: Boy Frame, M.D., Chairman; Leslie S. Libow, M.D.; Knight Steel, M.D.; Stephen M. Ayres, M.D.; Thomas P. Almy, M.D.; William A. Godfrey, Jr., M.D. Members of the Health and Public Policy Committee for the 1985-1986 term include Edwin G. Maynard III, M.D., Chairman; Boy Frame, M.D.; Charles E. Lewis, M.D.; Paul D. Stolley, MD.; Richard G. Farmer, M.D.; John M. Eisenberg, M.D.; Malcolm L. Peterson, MD.; William L. Hughes, M.D.; Theodore Eickhoff, M.D.; John R. Hogness, MD.; Helen L. Smits, MD.; and Richard J. Reitemeier, M.D. The principle author was Jack A. Ginsburg. This paper was adopted by the Board of Regents on 9 April 1986.

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Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(3):454-460. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-3-454
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There are many definitions of "home health care." In general, this means the provision of health care services in the patient's home rather than an institutional setting or a provider's office. Opinions differ as to which patients should receive home health care, what services should be included, who should provide the care, and how long it should last. Certain home health services are covered to some extent by government programs such as the Older Americans Act Program (Title III), Medicare (Title XVIII), Medicaid (Title XIX), the social services programs under Title XX (including Aid to Families with Dependent Children), and


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