Welcome to December! I have an open position available at UAHC. You can check out the job description here. I'm looking forward to seeing your applications.
I've also attached an article about the importance of home health care. It's validating to see data backing up the good that I know home health accomplishes. This article also includes an invitation to register for a free webinar on the Home Care Sepsis Initiative and I would highly recommend doing so.
New Study Shows HH Care Saves Lives and Money
Patients who receive home health care after a hospital discharge save the system about $6500 over the course of a year and home health care “independently decreased the hazard of follow-up readmission and death,” according to a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine.
The study looked at 64,541 patients, with 11,266 control patients matched to 6363 home health care patients across 11 disease-based institutes. During the 365-day post-discharge period, home health care resulted in unadjusted savings of $15,233, or $6433 after adjusting for covariates. Home health care also resulted in noticeable decreases in follow-up readmissions and death.
Patients discharged from the neurological, medicine, heart and vascular, digestive disease, and urology and kidney institutes saw the most benefits from home health are, according to the study.
The study was conducted by authors at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University from January 1, 2013 until June 30, 2015.
“(W)e observed significant financial and clinical benefits associated with hospital discharge to home with home health care relative to discharge home with ‘self-care,’” concluded the authors of the study.
The study concluded that “home health care can improve continuity of care while decreasing overall costs” and that “home health care represents an opportunity to reduce preventable adverse events and costs following hospital discharge.”
“This important study clearly demonstrates that home health care has significant dynamic value in controlling care costs and achieving better patient outcomes,” said William A. Dombi, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). “The study proves that a strong investment in the expanded use of home health care by Medicare, Medicaid, and other payment programs would save billions in unnecessary health care spending.”
With over $40 billion in annual U.S. health care spending attributable to hospital readmissions, home health care represents a valuable tool for policymakers to control overall health care spending without sacrificing quality of care. Indeed, as the study found, patients with home health care are more likely to stay home, where they want to be, and to stay alive.
Free Webinar on Sepsis Intervention Initiative in Home Care
A free webinar from the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA) will provide information and lessons about the Home Care Sepsis Initiative and Tool on December 12, 2017 at 2 PM EST.
The webinar will discuss lessons learned about the clinical use of the Home Care Sepsis Initiative and Tool.
In addition, a major foundation project grant to promote statewide adoption, use, and cross-sector collaboration in sepsis response was recently awarded to HCA. Explanation of this initiative and implementation will be provided, as it can be adopted in other states, in other sectors and in innovative models (e.g. sepsis bundles). Case examples will help to further clarify the clinical application of early recognition and treatment of sepsis.
By the end of the webinar, viewers will be able to
- Describe the HCA Home Care Sepsis Initiative and Tool;
- Identify areas for adoption, use, and cross-sector collaboration in sepsis response;
- Discuss clinical case examples to further understand the use of the screening and how it can be applied to your environment.
NAHC President Bill Dombi is on the steering committee of the Sepsis Alliance.
Speaking during the webinar will be Al Cardillo, Amy Bowerman, RN BSN, and Eve Bankert (MT ASCP).
Mr. Cardillo is the Executive Vice President of the Home Care Association of New York State and a Sepsis Alliance Advisory Board Member. He has worked in the health field for over 35 years, with positions in both the public and private sectors, including roles in health services development, administration, legislation, budget, provider association, and other.
Ms. Bowerman is the Executive Director of Senior Network Health MLTC and the Director of Quality Improvement and Privacy Officer for Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County.
Ms. Bankert is a Quality Improvement Specialist for IPRO and leads the New York division of the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Special Innovation Project: Community Based Sepsis Initiative.