24HR HomeCare Solution for Hospital Readmissions

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Innovative care plan allows hospitals to save thousands

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With the Hospital to Your Home™ program, 24Hr HomeCare aims to educate hospitals to invest in homecare in order to help keep patients at home and out of the hospital.

According to a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine, one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital will be readmitted within 30 days and about one in three will be readmitted within 90. These hospital readmissions will account for over $25 billion in Medicare spending. As part of the Affordable Care Act that initiates October 1st 2012, Medicare will cut reimbursements given to hospitals for patients readmitted within 30 days. This will be implemented for three diagnoses including Acute Myocardial Infarctions (AMI), Heart Failure (HF), and Pneumonia.

This circumstance presents a distinctive challenge for hospitals, but a California based in-home care company, 24Hr HomeCare, sees a unique opportunity to impart their knowledge of a cost-effective plan for hospitals. 24Hr HomeCare already works with discharged hospital patients by providing professional caregivers for post-discharge in-home care. This includes helping with hygiene, bathing, medication management, meal preparation, and transportation. They recently implemented their Hospital to Your Home™ program, which serves as a step-by-step approach to a full and safe recovery for discharged patients. The main components of the program include an in-hospital consultation and homecare assessment, care plan reconciliation with the hospital discharge planner, safe transportation back home, medication management, prescription pick-up, and a free emergency response system for the first 30 days upon discharge.

“We looked at the most reoccurring reasons for hospital readmissions and realized that homecare can be a simple, cost-effective solution to prevent re-admittance,” said owner and co-founder Ryan Iwamoto. “I’ve seen studies that show if a discharged patient does not visit their Primary Care Physician within 3-5 days of discharge, likelihood of readmission goes up 52%. If the patient mismanages his or her medications, it goes up another 15%. These alarming statistics can easily be reduced under a caregiver’s supervision.”

On average, the biggest reasons for being readmitted within 30 days include medication mismanagement, unhealthy diet and little to no exercise, lack of communication between the hospital, families and patients, and failure to see the Primary Care Physician within the first week of being discharged. 24Hr HomeCare addresses these reasons with their program, along with increasing additional safety measures such as their “Discharge Checklist” for the patient and a “HERO: Home Evaluation & Risk Overview” checklist , to ensure a safe and secure home environment.

Since home care is not a Medicare-funded service, it has not been looked upon as an integral part of post-discharge care. With the Hospital to Your Home™ program, 24Hr HomeCare aims to educate hospitals to invest in homecare in order to help keep patients at home and out of the hospital. Similar to employers investing in employee flu shots to prevent sickness, 24Hr HomeCare is hoping that hospitals invest in homecare as a preventive measure for readmission reduction. Investing a few hundred dollars in home care could save hospitals thousands of dollars on a patient readmission. 24Hr HomeCare is currently partnering with several hospitals in California to assist with the post-discharge process.

24Hr HomeCare is a community based company that has five locations which are owned and operated in both Northern and Southern California. They help individuals continue a full, active and healthy way of life providing award-winning non-medical homecare.

Know more about 24Hr HomeCare here: 24hrcares.com/senior-in-home-nurses-orange-county

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