One of the biggest care gaps occurs when the patient leaves the hospital. The care team can send along instructions for care management, send texts or emails or make phone calls, even schedule follow-up care, but there’s no guarantee those directions will be followed.
Private duty and home health administrators must tackle many industry challenges as leaders, such as worker shortages and reimbursement issues. Another of those challenges is workplace safety and how to keep in-home care workers safe from abuse and bodily harm when taking care of clients.
Health system officials have announced that Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Salem Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital will join the Home Hospital program, which was launched by both Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2016 and consolidated in 2020 when the two hospitals merged.
Hospitals are finding it harder to place patients in home care and nursing homes. Referrals to skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and home health agencies (HHA) have increased 10% and 11%, respectively. At the same time, rejection rates to HHAs have skyrocketed 40%.
HealthLeaders continues the conversation with Devin Jopp, CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) about the need for infection control oversight in the home health setting. As more individuals prefer to receive care in their home and older adults opt to age in place, home healthcare has seen substantial growth in the aftermath of the pandemic. Here is part two of HealthLeaders’ interview with Jopp.
The results have shown an increase in patient safety as well as improved, more sustainable staff experiences during a time of staffing shortages and retention challenges across the industry.
As more individuals prefer to receive care in their home and older adults opt to age in place, home healthcare has seen substantial growth in the aftermath of the pandemic. HealthLeaders spoke with Jopp about infection prevention and home health.
Hundreds of hospitals across the country have launched an acute care at home program, focused on treating patients at home versus in a hospital bed. Many of those hospitals are following the Acute Hospital Care at Home model developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which sets strict guidelines for in-person care to qualify for Medicare reimbursement.
Current Health is leveraging its care-at-home platform to quickly identify signs of potentially fatal conditions related to pregnancy, such as severe-range hypertension and preeclampsia.
In the letter, the organization emphasizes the “astounding” lack of attention given to infection control in the nation’s nursing homes. It also references multiple government reports that have highlighted the results of the lack of attention.