In-Home Care Can Prevent Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

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Posted: 6/13/2013 9:58 PM by Interim HealthCare
According to The Huffington Post, the United States spent a whopping $2.6 trillion on healthcare in 2010 – that’s more than any other country in the world. Among the numerous causes of this outrageous figure, three stand out: uncoordinated care, unnecessary care, and avoidable care. It is estimated that these inefficiencies on their own account for more than $300 billion every year in unnecessary spending.

In this article, we’ll focus on one particular area – avoidable hospital readmissions. The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee reports that 1 in 5 patients on Medicare will be readmitted to hospitals within a month of being discharged. Typically, avoidable hospital readmissions are caused by failure to adhere to recommended therapy or medication, lack of physical support, and insufficient post-hospitalization in-home care.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid altered their reimbursement schedule at the beginning of 2012 to penalize hospitals with high readmission rates. Healthcare professionals and hospitals across the country are now teaming up with in-home care providers and other sources of post-hospitalization support in an effort to adapt to the new regulations. This also means better care for patients and increased support for recovery at home.

While procedures are being implemented to prevent readmissions, it is up to patients and their families to ensure that the transition from hospital to home is successful. The best thing you can do for a loved one in a hospital is to gather information – get opinions from nurses, doctors and discharge planners at the hospital, and learn about in-home care. It’s important to understand in-home care options before the patient is discharged.

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