Join the PCPCC and AHHQI Webinar On Home Health & Patient-Centered Medical Homes

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative and the Alliance will co-host a webinar next Monday, September 16th from 12 – 1:30 pm ET on “Bringing it Home with the PCMH: Partnering with Home Health to Improve Quality and Patient Outcomes.” The presentation will feature a panel discussion about the role of home health care in partnership with medical homes. The presentation will also include a brief overview of the value of home health, recommendations to integrate home health within the medical home model, and how partnerships with home health can help clinicians meet quality benchmarks.

To register for the Monday, Sept. 16th webinar, please click here.

Guest Speakers

Teresa L. Lee, JD, MPH
Executive Director, Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (Moderator)

Steven H. Landers, MD, MPH
President, Chief Executive Officer, VNA Health Group
Chairman of the Board, Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation

Beth Hennessey, RN, BSN, MSN
Executive Director, Integrated Care at Sutter Care at Home

Paula Suter, RN, BSN, MA
Director, Chronic Care Management at Sutter Care at Home

About the Presentation
As patient-centered medical homes continue to offer the promise of improved patient outcomes, innovators are looking for better ways to leverage the medical neighborhood and coordinate care across settings. Care coordination, chronic disease management, supporting care transitions, incorporating physician home visits, and fostering patient engagement and patient satisfaction all present key opportunities for collaboration between medical homes and home health.

August #HomeHealthChat: Patient Safety & Engagement

On Tuesday, August 27th, the Alliance hosted its second #homehealthchat on Twitter. The topic of the chat was patient safety and engagement, featuring co-host Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (@VNAHealthGroup) and Sherl Brand, BSN, RN, VNA Health Group’s Chief of Business Development and Vice President of External Affairs.

The Alliance hosts a home health-focused Twitter chat on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2 pm ET. Be sure to check here for updates on topics, co-hosts, 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

Below are some of the highlights from the chat:

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.
Read more.


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.


Health News Round Up: Week of September 8-14

Home Health Aides: The Front Lines of the Future
Huffington Post
When Sandra Santos*, who is frail and elderly, fainted in her kitchen, her home health aide Angela knew just what to do, calling 911, initiating CPR, and remaining calm throughout. “She didn’t leave my mother’s side,” marveled Mrs. Santos’s daughter. “She handled the situation until help arrived and continued to be professional and level-headed. My family and I were very lucky to have her with our mother that day.” Read more.


HuffPo to America’s Youth: Senior Living Industry Wants You
Senior Housing News
A career in the senior living industry is not something many young people aspire to, but considering the rapidly expanding older population and the potential that creates, maybe it should be on more youths’ radars, writes the Huffington Post. progress report on the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. Read more.


GOP, Democrats Unite on Home Care
Life Health Pro
The Republicans and Democrats both talk about the need to strengthen the U.S. home care system in their 2012 campaign platforms.
Val Halamandaris, the president of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NACH), Washington, is welcoming the platform references to home care.
Read more.


Healthcare jobs grow amid steady national unemployment
Fierce Healthcare
Hospitals added 5,700 jobs in August, bringing the total to 17,000 additional jobs in the healthcare industry, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) said Friday.
While national unemployment still hovers at 8.1 percent across industries, healthcare, along with the food and drinking market and professional and technical services, saw boosts in employment last month. Read more.


Cut hospital admissions, boost satisfaction with house calls
Fierce Healthcare
As the industry looks to cut unnecessary visits, recent research in the American Journal of Managed Care suggests hospitals consider making house calls.
That’s because the house-call model is associated with lower admissions and higher satisfaction among elderly patients with multiple chronic conditions, American Medical News reported. Read more.


GOP and Democratic Platforms Agree: Aging in Place is Essential
Reverse Mortgage Daily
While they may not agree on much, the Republican Party and Democratic Party seem share some common ground when it comes to one important issue: aging in place for seniors.
Both parties’ platforms, released during their national conventions over the past couple of weeks, include home care for the aging population. Read more.


Reducing Readmissions: It’s Harder than it Looks
Hospital Impact
A centerpiece of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ efforts to enhance the value of healthcare is to reduce preventable hospital readmissions. The volume and cost of these readmissions is significant.
Read more.

Home Health News Roundup: Week of August 18 – 24

Fox Business: Fewer Doctors? More Home Health Jobs
Home Health Care News
The United States is making way for new jobs in light of a weaker overall job market, but they are concentrated heavily in one important sector: health care. Health care jobs, currently on the rise at a rate of around 10%, will continue to surge in the coming years as the number of doctors falls, driving the need for more home health care assistants, technology professional, coding professionals and others, Fox Business reports. Read more.


NCOA: 70+ Seniors Most Favorable Toward Nearby Senior Living Communities
Senior Housing News
The majority of aging Americans hold favorable views on their area’s senior living communities, and 50% of seniors believe their community contributes to a healthy lifestyle, according to a survey conducted by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) in collaboration with United Healthcare and USA Today. Read more.


Community-based Care Transitions Program adds 17 new sites
Inside Health Policy
CMS announced 17 new organizations participating in the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP) to test models that would improve care for patients transitioning from the hospital or other settings back to the community and also help reduce readmissions for high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. The program now includes 200 acute care hospitals partnering with community based organizations at 47 different sites. Read more.


U.S. News: Health Reform Testing New Medicare Programs for Home-Based Care
Home Health Care News
While more attention has been paid to certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act regarding health insurance or the creation of new state health insurance exchanges, the comprehensive health reform law has also spurred the development of new programs looking for ways to provide cost-efficient, quality care in a variety of settings—including those that are home- and community-based. Read more.


Humana, Intel-GE Care Innovations Partner for Senior Telehealth Venture
Home Health Care News
A nationwide collaboration between insurer Humana and Intel-GE Care Innovations will soon produce data and results on telehealth and its effectiveness based on a 34-state project launched last January involving members who used a home-based telehealth device to manage their conditions, reports Healthcare IT News. Read more.


Telemedicine technology an asset to rural healthcare
Grand Forks Herald
Telemedicine has been around several years, but advances in equipment quality and availability as well as patient satisfaction have bolstered its appeal among providers at Altru Health System, according to Marsha Waind, manager of regional services. Read more.



FDA-Approval for Ingestible Sensors “Major Milestone”—Future of Home Health Care Monitoring?

Home Health Care News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an digital sensor that can be embedded in a pill and ingested to track health data from within the body, reports Medical News Today. Read more.

Sensors help seniors age at home

Healthcare IT News

A pilot program at University of Missouri shows promise with the use of sensor technology to help aging adults remain in their homes longer while being monitored by care providers. Read more.


Healthcare adds 12,000 jobs in July

Modern Healthcare

Healthcare employers added 12,000 jobs in July, the second straight month of slow employment gains in the industry as unemployment in the wider economy edged up slightly.Read more.


5-point strategy to reduce readmissions

Healthcare Finance News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will penalize hospitals for readmissions beginning this autumn. As a result, many healthcare providers are taking a cold hard look at their bottom line in an effort to meet or exceed projected targets for the year. Read more.


5 ways health innovators are helping old people

MedCity News

Baby boomers may be graying, but the healthcare innovations that will serve them are cutting edge. Read more.


Survey finds seniors want to age in place

CQ Healthbeat

About 90 percent of seniors in a survey released Wednesday said that they hope to stay in their homes as they age. Within this group, about 85 percent said they believe they can do that without making major changes to their residence. Read more.