Under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals with high levels of preventable readmissions face the potential of losing a portion of their federal payments, which means that reducing these readmissions is of the utmost importance. Recently, the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) posted an article titled “Two Ways Hospitals Can Reduce Avoidable Readmissions,” which reported successful efforts from four hospitals with low 30-day readmission rates, in part, due to collaborating with inpatient and outpatient providers such as home health care providers to provide a continuum of care.
The hospitals offered the following tips to reduce readmissions:
- Begin planning for a patient’s discharge on the day of admission. When a loved one is hospitalized, contact a home health care agency, like North Home Healthcare, to arrange for services for when he or she is discharged. The sooner someone is available to help with care at home, the better the outcome will be.
- Access the patient’s risk factors, needs, available resources, disease knowledge, and family support.
- Target patients who are likely to have problems following discharge for enhanced care coordination and/or case management. (Have social workers visit all patients over 80 years old to address their needs.)
- Utilize technology to assist in assessing, tracking, or referring patients.
North Home Healthcare of Stafford and Conroe, Texas understands the importance of creating a dedicated care plan in order to reduce the risk of rehospitalization for our clients. We can help clients plan for care from their first day of admission, and monitor their health and ensure that care plans are followed once they arrive home. Contact us today to learn more about our Medicare-certified home healthcare services.