The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decision to establish the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is being applauded by the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare.
The industry group represents more than 1,500 community and hospital home health agencies nationwide.
“HHS’ announcement underscores the importance of promoting community living and improving access to home healthcare services,” said Senator John Breaux (D-LA), senior counsel to the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. “We commend HHS for its recognition of the importance of enabling seniors and people with disabilities to remain in their homes and communities.”
Skilled home healthcare is clinically advanced, cost-effective and patient preferred. Home healthcare allows patients to receive a variety of care services at home, including cardiac and pulmonary care, neurological rehabilitation, intravenous therapy and chronic disease management, among others; and it is significantly less expensive than care provided in traditional settings.
“We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress as the new Administration for Community Living is established,” added Breaux. “With expanded access to skilled home healthcare and other critical services, seniors will be able to age at home as they prefer and taxpayers will realize significant healthcare savings through chronic disease management and reduced hospitalizations.”
Research shows that 89 percent of American seniors prefer to age in place, stay home and remain independent. Nationwide, approximately 3.4 million Medicare beneficiaries receive skilled home healthcare services to treat illnesses related to acute, chronic or rehabilitative needs.
Written by John Yedinak