Referring to Home Health

How to refer to home health and the benefits for both patient and referring physician.

Federal Agency Offers $15 Million to Support Aging in Place

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In yet another move signaling the federal government’s intention to increase home health services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $15 million available to test a new model to help seniors age in place.

Under the Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing, the agency will offer three-year […]  Read Full Article from Home Health Care News.


Home Care for Seniors: A Win-Win

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Do you have a spouse or parent who increasingly needs more help at home with dressing or bathing, managing their chronic illness, taking medications? Perhaps your loved one is scheduled for a hip replacement or knee surgery?

Home health care is often a crucial service for seniors who need help managing a chronic disease like heart disease or diabetes, have trouble remembering medications, or are at risk for falling. US News & World Report recently published an article on home care titled: Home Care for Seniors: a Win-Win. Patients do better, families feel safer and aging in place is more likely with home care.

The article states: “What’s not to like? Older adults with disabling conditions get easier access to medical care. Doctors get out of their stuffy offices to make new-age house calls. Nurses hit the road and see what patients really need. Medicare gets the promise of reduced hospital readmissions. Family members get more peace of mind. And most important, seniors get a chance to stay in their homes as long as possible. Home health care in the U.S. comes in many forms. Here are just a few:”

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Home Health Readmission Numbers Keep Getting Better

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The home health rehospitalization rate for Medicare patients decreased by nearly two percentage points, from 19.17% in 2011 to 17.39% in 2012.

The home health rehospitalization rate for Medicare patients decreased by nearly two percentage points, from 19.17% in 2011 to 17.39% in 2012.

Rehospitalization rates among Medicare patients from a home health setting are on the decline, and with an increased emphasis on coordination of care, the positive trend should continue, according to data recently updated by the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, a national non-profit consortium of home health care providers and organizations, as reported by Home Health Care News/Kourtney Liepelt.

The Home Health Chartbook, compiled by Avalere Health LLC, summarizes and analyzes statistics on home health economic and demographic trends from various government sources. The latest data included in the Chartbook shows a steady decline in hospital readmission rates for home health users within 30 days of discharge for the top 20 most common diagnosis groups.

Specifically, the home health rehospitalization rate for Medicare patients decreased by nearly two percentage points, from 19.17% in 2011 to 17.39% in 2012. The data shows that trend is continuing, as the rate fell to 16.92% in 2013. Alliance Executive Director Teresa Lee attributes the decline to alternate models of health care delivery, such as the Accountable Care Organization program and bundled payments. Read more