Summary: In-home healthcare can be an option for patients who have prolonged illness, and it is convenient, economical as well as effective for long-term treatments.
Fremont, CA:In home healthcare is becoming more popular because of the benefits it provides to payers, providers, and patients. Home health services assist improve outcomes and lower costs by providing care in a setting that is comfortable for patients, convenient for clinicians, and economical for payers. In-home healthcare is generally less expensive, more convenient, and equally as effective as a treatment in a hospital or skilled nursing facility, according to the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Using home health management programs to improve outcomes
Health risks and outcomes are influenced by social determinants of health (SDOH). Homelessness, difficulties living alone, and challenges related to the loss or absence of a family member are all SDOH risks, according to a CMS study. Clinicians may ensure that patients receive the correct home health treatments by understanding how they live, including if they have someone to care for them, what meals they have access to, their physical circumstances, and their lifestyle. A disability trained nurse practitioner providing care to a patient with a handicap at their home is a common occurrence. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a patient with heart failure who has gained weight and edoema and complains of shortness of breath could be treated at home with IV-pushed medicine or water pills under the correct circumstances.
Home healthcare workers can also search for concerns that could cause patients to fall, such as throw rugs, clutter, or broken staircases, and offer recommendations like installing a grab bar near a toilet.
Choosing home health management for released patients reduces care expenses
Home healthcare can save overall healthcare costs by avoiding hospital readmissions, emergency department visits, and other costly care options, in addition to helping patients achieve favorable health outcomes. When hospitals and home health service providers work together to develop and implement a patient-centered post-acute care plan, patients are readmitted less frequently. Readmissions are also reduced by home healthcare providers recognizing and resolving possible issues for at-risk patients who would otherwise return to the hospital.
The role of home healthcare in post acute care is growing as more health plans and providers realize that home healthcare services provide an appropriate level and location for treatment. Clinicians can quickly detect and resolve health concerns by screening patients for socio-economic determinants of health such as housing instability, utility demands, or challenges associated with living alone. This improves outcomes while lowering costs.