® Combats Hospital Readmissions

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Readmission to hospitals is a hot item in the healthcare industry, and according to an August 31, 2015, article, readmission rates were an ineffective measure of a hospital’s quality because they did not take into account readmissions from different hospitals.® , comments on Healio’s findings and offers solutions to reduce hospital readmission.

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It’s not just about hospitals being penalized because of other hospitals’ readmissions, but hospitals being penalized with high readmission rates due to patients not following procedures after they leave.® is now leading the way to assist the acute world in reduction of readmissions from a comprehensive approach to the patient/clients total care expereince that includes post procedure Private Duty In-Home Care as a part of the dishcarge process (further detail below). According to the article, without different-hospital readmissions data, hospitals cannot track their readmission performance accurately over time, conduct meaningful hospital comparisons, or anticipate rates that could be used to assign financial penalties. The article also states that using only same-hospital readmissions to calculate penalties resulted in 20 of the studied hospitals receiving unwarranted penalties.

“It’s not just about hospitals being penalized because of other hospitals’ readmissions, but hospitals being penalized with high readmission rates due to patients not following procedures after they leave,” said Richard Weatherman, CEO of®. “This is where we come in and can help.”

“ has seen this crucial need and has prepared a proprietary but simple transitional process to help anyone’s patient transitioning, be a comfortable one back to his or her home and with all the tools necessary to help avoid readmission,” said Richard.

In fact, putting the transition program in place, with its processes and trained caregivers at the time of discharge, has shown great results in patient compliance with hospital/facilities instructions and follow-through.​ Streamlined care plans and proper hospital discharge preparation of patients including family members are crucial for the prevention of multiple hospitalizations. ​Monitoring these key indicators can drive quality outcomes in the home that directly correlate to reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions of patients within the first 30 days of discharge.

Richard went on to say, “The pre-eminent solution to reduce the wasted billions of taxpayer dollars spent each year on readmissions would be to simply shift the Medicare and Healthcare Reform Act (called Obama care) coverage to include non-medical home care for those high risk patients a reasonable length of time (30 days) as a normal part of their coverage. It is not only my believe that it would cost less than what Medicare is spending on the readmission but would be providing better care as an end result.”

Founded in 2006 in Canoga Park, CA, by CEO Richard Weatherman and Co-Founder Piroska Zalkadi,® grew exponentially each year and from there, three other offices were opened in Camarillo, CA, Spokane, WA, and Las Vegas, NV. The Las Vegas location is now also the Corporate Operational Headquarters and is run by the third partner, Warren Luciano Holland, as COO, who was brought on in May of 2014 to take the company to the next level.

About®® is a part of the twenty-billion-dollar-a-year in-home care industry that is projected by experts to be the fastest-growing industry for the next ten years in the U.S. and abroad. The company is well positioned as a franchisor with its proprietary online resources in workflow management, caregiver database directory, remedy and CRM built specifically for the industry.

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