Medistar Home Health Achieves Low Readmission Rates Using Electronic Medical Records and Predictive Modeling Tools

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Post-acute care provider Medistar Home Health shows significantly lower readmission rates than national average.

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"We have no doubt that our low 30-day re-hospitalization rates are largely the result of our electronic medical records system."

Hospitals with readmission rates deemed excessive by Medicare for heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia will see their Medicare reimbursements reduced starting October 1, 2012. In an effort to reduce 30-Day rehospitalization rates, many hospitals are turning to post-acute care providers for help in monitoring patients’ health and compliance with discharge instructions after patients leave the hospital.

According to a newly released report, post-acute care provider, Medistar Home Health, has readmission rates far lower than the national average of hospitals as well as that of home health agencies. The hospital readmission rate for heart attack patients is reported at 19.8%, heart failure at 24.8% and pneumonia at 18.4%. Medistar Home Health’s reported averages were significantly lower for each of these diagnoses.

The reporting organization, OCS Homecare, a division of Outcome Concept Systems (OCS), is a national leader in performance improvement reporting and analytics for home health and hospice organizations. Integrated into Medistar’s EMR system, the OCS Predictive Modeling program assigns patients a risk level for hospitalization and emergent care, which aids in customizing and adjusting care plans as patients’ health condition change while under home health care service. Medistar Home Health attributes low readmission rates to efficient practices, use of EMR and the overall quality of patient care its staff provides patients.

“We have no doubt that our low 30-day re-hospitalization rates are largely the result of our electronic medical records system, which provides current and up-to-the-minute information concerning our patients' health status available to our healthcare partners across the continuum of care,” said Beth Denton, Medistar Home Health President and CEO.

About Medistar Home Health
Medistar Home Health is a Medicare-certified home health agency and has been a member of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Homecare Association of Louisiana for years. Medistar Home Health has been serving Louisiana patients in the familiar surroundings of their homes since 1983. “Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of our patients, our healthcare partners, and our valued employees as we provide superior quality and passionate care, while adhering to the highest standards of excellence.” To find out more, visit

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