Inaugural #HomeHealthChat: Cost-Effective Home Health Care

On Tuesday, July 23rd, the Alliance hosted its inaugural #homehealthchat on Twitter. The Twitter chat focused on the cost-effectiveness of skilled home health care and featured the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (@PQHH) as the Alliance’s co-host.

The hour-long conversation covered topics ranging from the benefits of coordinated care to the consequences of reinstituting a copayment on home health care episodes. Chat attendees discussed and provided examples of home health care as a cost-saving and patient preferred alternative to other forms of post-acute care.

The following questions were posed during the chat:

Q1: What makes home healthcare a cost-effective alternative to other settings?
Q2: Who benefits most from cost-effective home healthcare?
Q3: How would a co-pay affect patients who want to receive care at home?
Q4: What types of clinical and medical care can home health professionals offer patients with their homes?
Q5: What role can coordinated care play in improving the patient experience and quality of care?

The Alliance will host future home health-focused Twitter chats on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2pm ET. Be sure to check here for updates on topics and questions! If you have topic ideas for future Twitter chats, or are interested in co-hosting a chat, please email C. Grace Whiting, the Alliance’s Director of Strategic Initiatives & Communications, at gwhiting@ahhqi.org.

Below are some of the highlights from the first chat:


Introducing the New “Healthy At Home” Twitter chat

The Alliance for Home Health Quality & Innovation is pleased to introduce our monthly Twitter chat. The “Healthy At Home” monthly Twitter chat intends to bring together various stakeholders in the home health policy community, including home health associations, providers and caregivers, patients and clinicians, and the policymaking community.

We’re excited to engage you in a new conversation about the value that home health care can offer to patients in the U.S. healthcare system.

 

WHEN: Fourth Tuesday of Each Month, 2pm ET

Next Chat:  Tuesday, July 23rd.  The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare is our July co-host.  The chat will focus on “Cost-Effective Home Health Care.”

Discussion questions for the chat include:

  1. What makes home healthcare a cost-effective alternative to other settings?
  2. Who benefits most from cost-effective home healthcare?
  3. How would a co-pay affect patients who want to receive care at home?
  4. What types of clinical, medical care can home health professionals offer patients  within their home?
  5. What role can coordinated care play in improving the patient experience and quality of care?

 

WHERE:

Follow the hashtag #HomeHealthChat at www.twitter.com.

 

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE:

The Alliance will also host a half-hour “How To Twitter Chat” on Thursday, July 18th at 4 pm ET. Use the information below to join the webinar.

Webconference Information

1.  Visit http://fuze.me/20691910;

2.  Call (347) 817-7654 or (800) 844-3988; and

3.  Enter Meeting Number:  20691910

You may also view our handy “How To” Twitter Chat graphic here, which contains all the information to get you connected with the #HomeHealthChat each month.