Most Popular Home Health News: Preventing Falls, Golden Girls

As April came to a close, readers were eager for information about preventing falls and the upcoming reporting requirements related to the IMPACT Act. Provocative questions about the “Uber-ization” of home health also got a lot of attention.

Heading into the weekend, we invite you to take a look at what some of our favorite fictional TV seniors can teach people about retirement living. And while it’s not exactly breaking news that the world’s population is aging, a chart from the Pew Research Center does a good job of illustrating just how large the coming wave of seniors will be.

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How Home Health Can Improve Fall Rates and Readmissions: Emergency department patients who experienced head trauma are 2.5 times more likely to return with 90 days of discharge, according to recently released study findings from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Home health aides can make a big difference in keeping these high-risk patients from returning to the ED, because they know these patients the best.

Can the Uber-ization of Home Health Survive?: Technology is enabling home care startups to create more efficient business models, and pass on cost savings to the consumer. At least, that’s what these companies are claiming, but one doctor—a partner at a venture capital firm—is questioning whether this is really true, and what the future holds for these new businesses that are raising massive amounts of capital.

Home Health Approaching IMPACT Act Reporting Requirements: Starting in January 2017, home health agencies will face new reporting mandates under the IMPACT Act—a law designed to create more uniform data collection among post-acute providers. The goal is a “sweet spot of uniformity,” a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official said on a recent national provider call about these upcoming requirements.

Weekend Reads

5 Retirement Lessons I Learned From the Golden Girls: Thank you for being a friend … and a roommate who helps me pay the bills in retirement! You may be saying this if you learn some of the valuable lessons from TV pals Blanche, Rose, Sophia, and Dorothy.

Chart of the Week

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Source: World’s Centenarian Population Projected to Grow Eightfold by 2050