Editor’s Picks: Beyond Readmissions

This week, our readers were keen on how home health house calls can reduce hospital admissions and care costs. They also wanted to know why one health network is looking beyond hospital readmission rates to form its home health partnerships.

Here in the newsroom, we took notice of InnovAge’s decision to transition from a non-profit to a for-profit organization.

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Beyond Readmissions: Inside One Health Network’s Home Care Initiative—Allegheny Health Network (AHN) recently forged new partnerships to offer additional services in its home care initiative. Reducing medical expenditures and lowering hospital readmission rates are only part of the equation, as the partnerships look beyond these measures to deliver an all-encompassing line of care services.

One House Call Has Big Aging-in-Place Payoff—When it comes to helping seniors age in their own home, an in-home assessment from a physician or nurse practitioner goes a long way. Medicare recipients enrolled in house calls had fewer hospital admissions, recent findings revealed.

PACE Provider Raises Eyebrows by Seeking For-Profit Status—InnovAge, a home and community services provider that boasts Susan Sarandon as a spokesperson, has sparked controversy with its decision to transition from a non-profit to a for-profit company. InnovAge is also a PACE organization. While only non-profit organization could participate in the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed opening up the program to for-profit companies as well.


Weekend Reads

Dear Baby Boomers, Plan Ahead to Age at Home—When imagining retirement, no one sees themselves in a nursing home. The Huffington Post outlines some of the best ways for older adults to remain in their homes longer.

‘Festival of Trees’ at Ridgecrest Community in Mount Airy Proves There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays—Seniors at Ridgecrest Community in Mount Airy, North Carolina, are getting into the holiday spirit with 11 themed Christmas trees on display throughout the community. The independent and assisted living community hosts several holiday events for residents, including a cookie bake-off and decorating parties.

Written by Amy Baxter

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