Poor Home Health, Doctor Communication Drives Readmissions
A recent study confirms what home health care agencies know all too well: gaps in communication between physicians and home health care providers are detrimental to seniors’ health and lead to hospital readmissions. Many areas of care are disrupted by communication challenges, including disparities in medication lists, lack of clarity in who is responsible for writing patient […] Read Full Article
Now, patients will be asked what they feel comfortable doing and what they want to achieve, and care plans will be devised by agencies with their individual circumstances in mind.
Kaiser Health News: New Federal Rules Will Require Home Health Agencies To Do Much More For Patients
Judith Graham writes: “Home health agencies will be required to become more responsive to patients and their caregivers under the first major overhaul of rules governing these organizations in almost 30 years. The federal regulations, published last month, specify the conditions under which 12,600 home health agencies can participate in Medicare and Medicaid, serving more than 5 million seniors and younger adults with disabilities through these government programs.” (Graham, 2/9)
In yet another move signaling the federal government’s intention to increase home health services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $15 million available to test a new model to help seniors age in place.
Under the Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing, the agency will offer three-year […] Read Full Article from Home Health Care News.