Georgetown Home Care Hospital Collaboration Program Reduces Readmissions by 44%

Providing both assistance and assurance to patients after being discharged from the hospital can drastically curb readmissions — and significantly cut health care spending in turn. That was the goal of a Georgetown Home Care (GHC) pilot program launched earlier this year. GHC’s pilot program achieved promising results. Overall, patients discharged after spinal surgery at […]

Home Health Readmission Rates Remain Flat, Quality Improving

Despite providers often touting their success in keeping older adults at home and out of the hospital, average readmission rates for the home health industry remained relatively flat from 2017 to 2018. That’s according to the latest Home Health Chartbook, a comprehensive analysis of the post-acute care industry and home health sub-sector compiled by Avalere […]

Strategic Home Health Visits Key to Cutting Sepsis Readmissions

When implemented strategically, home health care could play a vital role in reducing hospital readmissions for patients recovering from sepsis, a new study suggests. Specifically, sepsis survivors who received a home health visit within 48 hours of hospital discharge and at least one more visit in their first week post-discharge combined with a physician visit […]

Traditional Medicare May Trump Medicare Advantage in Reducing Readmissions

Despite previously reported findings, traditional Medicare may have a better track record of lowering hospital-readmission risk compared to the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. While the re-hospitalization difference appears to be small, it’s an important observation for home health providers, especially those that work closely with MA plans. New insights into re-hospitalization rates in Medicare and […]

Current Health CEO: Readmissions, PDGM to Drive Expansion of Remote Patient Monitoring Tech

Current Health — makers of an artificial intelligence-powered wearable remote patient monitoring platform — cleared a major regulatory hurdle last month in securing FDA approval. The U.K.-based technology startup now has its sights set on expanding throughout the U.S. market, largely by helping home health agencies adapt to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and by […]

Right at Home Helps Lexington Medical Slash Its Readmission Rate

An ongoing partnership between a local home care agency and a well-known hospital is proving just how valuable non-medical services and supports truly are. Under a home-based care program launched in 2016, West Columbia, South Carolina-based Lexington Medical Center has been working with the area’s Right at Home agency to help complex patients transition out […]

Lifesprk Venture Reduces Health System Readmissions, Adds Innovator Bill Thomas

When Homespire launched in May, the goal of the new private-duty home care model was simple: Use an in-home approach to cut health care costs, reduce rehospitalization rates and prevent emergency room visits for Utah’s rapidly aging population. Six months later, the joint venture between Intermountain Healthcare and Lifesprk is already reaching key benchmarks, most […]

24Hr HomeCare, Honor Link Up with Cedars-Sinai to Curb Readmission Rates

A pilot program between Cedars-Sinai’s Medical Center, Honor and 24Hr HomeCare has evolved into a full-fledged partnership. The program between the three companies offers additional support to the Los Angeles-based hospital’s high-risk discharged patient population by extending Cedars-Sinai’s care management services through the use of non-clinical caregivers, referred to as “Care Extenders” under the partnership. […]