In case you missed it, here are the most popular Home Health Care News stories grabbing readers’ attention this past week:
Home Care Could be Heart of the U.S. Health System by 2024, Leaders Say — People’s homes are likely to become the key setting in tomorrow’s modern health care model, according to leaders from technology company Intel and a prominent provider organization. Affordable Care Act changes to better coordinate care, as well as people’s preferences to age in place, are among the factors that could lead in-home services to become the predominant type of health care by 2024, said Steven Landers, MD, MPH, president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, in a recent keynote address.
‘Doc Fix’ Deal Puts Home Health Payments in Jeopardy [Update] — The House of Representatives has voted to permanently replace Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, a budget cap passed into law in 1997 to control physician spending. But views toward theyup, thanks for putting that together so fast legislation are mixed, with some home care and advocacy groups saying the “doc fix” bill would challenge providers’ abilities to provide high-quality, cost-effective care.
Telemedicine Starts to Prove Its Worth for Home Health Providers — More than two in three seniors prefer to use self-care technology to independently manage their health, according to a recent survey of nearly 11,000 adults across 10 countries. And offering these at-home solutions has a big benefit for health care providers of all types, Kaveh Safavi, M.D., J.D., who leads Accenture’s global health business, tells HHCN.
How Home Care Agencies Can Unlock Hidden Growth Potential — A focus on customer service and creating a culture of caring at one’s organization is a low-cost way providers can both retain clientele and caregivers, said Chris Marcum, director of marketing at Home Care Pulse, during a webinar last week.
How to Reduce Turnover Without Raising Home Care Wages — Improving employee satisfaction isn’t solely reliant on raising wages. Better communication, which includes consistency and a focus on honesty, are key ways to improve company culture, said Susan D. Gilster, Ph.D., RN, executive director of health and dementia care consultancy The Gilster Group. She spoke at the American Society on Aging annual conference in Chicago on Wednesday.
Written by Cassandra Dowell