Health News Round Up: Week of October 20 -26

Five Benefits of the Home Health Care Model
Hive Health Media
The term “health care” might bring to mind images of doctors and nurses in sterile clinics and hospitals. Thousands of people chose to remain at home to receive medical treatments such as rehabilitation services, respiratory therapy and home infusion therapy as well as unskilled home care services. Patients prefer this model because of the convenience and cost-effectiveness that it offers.Read more.


Home Care Industry Looks at Bundles, DGRs for Post-Acute Care
Inside Health Policy
The home health industry is looking at post-acute care reforms — including DRGs, pay bundles and lengthening home health episodes — following a report showing significant patient overlap among the types of facilities to which patients are discharged, an industry source said. But others are skeptical of using Diagnosis Related Group codes, which have been considered and dropped before as an option, and some industry and congressional sources said DRGs would incite fights among post-acute health care sectors.
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Hopkins Dementia Study Reveals Effects of Home Health Care
Bmore Media
A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University and a Jewish charity revealed that people with dementia could live in their homes with help 10 months longer than those without help. Read more.


Taking Care- November is National Home Care and Hospice Month
TC Palm
Is there a healthcare hero in your life? Each November home health and hospice agencies celebrate National Home Care and National Hospice Month to honor healthcare workers from a variety of disciplines, such as nurses, aides, clinicians, and therapists that have gone the extra mile and made a positive impact on the lives of those who are under their care. It takes a special person to work in the home healthcare and hospice field, and there is few, if any, more difficult or vulnerable times people will ever face in life than when in home care or hospice. Read more.


Appropriate Care Setting Protects Medicare’s Future
Roll Call
As our two presidential campaigns aggressively tout their domestic policy agendas, health care providers, stakeholders and patients are collectively holding their breath regarding a problem that, without dramatic intervention, is all but certain to occur: Under current law, the Medicare Trust Fund will be insolvent by 2024. Read more.


4 Discharge Tactics to Reduce Senior Readmissions
Healthcare Finance News
In light of the recent Readmissions Reduction Program under the Affordable Care Act, numerous hospitals and medical industry experts are examining new approaches that will decrease the rate of hospital readmissions.Read more.

Health News Round Up: Week of October 13-19

How Avoidable Hospital Readmissions are Hurting the Economy, the Health Care System and the Patient
The Huffington Post
The United States spends more on health care — $2.6 trillion in 2010 — than any other nation in the world. Despite this enormous investment in our national health, we rank 37th in health-care quality behind Greece, Colombia, Chile and Costa Rica.Read more.


Home Healthcare & Medicare’s Future Top Discussion in Bridgeport
WDTV 5 News
How to take care of senior citizens at home and save Medicare were two topics at a home healthcare discussion in Bridgeport Wednesday morning.
The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare invited healthcare workers and patients to tell their stories and ask questions. About 21,000 seniors receive specialized in-home care right here in the Mountain State. Some believe that this type of care can save thousands in medical bills which would help Medicare because it would reduce costs.
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Changes in Post-Acute Care Could Save Medicare Dollars
Healthcare Financial News
If Medicare patients were served in more clinically appropriate and cost-effective settings after hospital discharge, the Medicare program could save as much as $100 billion over the next 10 years, according to a report from the Clinically Appropriate and Cost-Effective Placement project by The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. Read more.


In New Golden Triangle Collaborative, These Nurses Make House Calls
The Dispatch
For elderly, homebound or immobile patients, access to medical care can be challenging. A new, innovative service, founded by a Mississippi University for Women assistant professor of nursing, is bringing health care into the home. Read more.