Data from a recent study shows that home health care services provided to patients who are released from hospitals and skilled nursing facilities within 14 days of discharge are about 25% less likely to suffer relapses that require readmission within a month of discharge. Additionally, a separate study also shows that home care visits reduced readmissions for as long as six months for heart-failure patients.
There are a number of reasons why home health care services help in reducing hospital readmissions including providing a multidisciplinary team-based approach in treating the patient. Depending on the patient’s needs, under the guidance of a primary care physician, this could involve a personal care aide, nurse, and physical therapist whose frequency and intervals of visits differ enabling each to coordinate the various care the patient requires while also sharing their observations with one another.
Additionally, some home health care agencies offer wound care, infusions and a number of other procedures in the home, which come at a lower cost than what these medical services would run in a hospital setting.
Patients also prefer to be in the comfort of their own home to recuperate, making the rehabilitation process emotionally more positive and ultimately more likely to result in fewer readmissions.
Providing home health care services as an integral component of a patient’s continuum of care is also aligned with Medicare’s Hospital Readmission Reduction Program. The program reduces payment for hospital readmissions within 30 days after discharge for certain conditions including cute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart failure, and pneumonia, among others. One statistic indicates that one in five elderly patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of leaving, creating Medicare costs in excess of $17 billion each year. With more home health care services being used, the intent is that these costs will be reduced while also better serving the patient’s care.
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