Attention hospital executives, discharge planners and social workers: Are hospital readmission penalties under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) affecting your bottom line? Assisting Hands Home Care of Houston can address all four of the identified triggers that cause a patient to return to your facility within 30 days.
Factors Contributing to Hospital Readmission:
- Lack of social support
- Mismanagement of medication
- Not understanding the disease process
- Missing follow up appointments
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), love it or hate it, it is the law of the land. Obamacare is now an unavoidable reality and hospital readmission penalties are costing facilities one percent of Medicare revenues, plus reimbursement for patients readmitted within 30 days. If you are looking for an ally in discharge planning and transitional care, we can help.
Hospital readmission penalties are avoided if the patient followed the plan laid out for them by the hospital upon their discharge. Unfortunately, some patients do not have a loved one or family member to care for them, helping them to follow that plan. Here is where we enter the picture: Making sure patients take their medicine on time and providing transportation so that they make their follow up appointments with their regular physician. Our licensed and bonded caregivers understand the disease process.
An important part of the healing process is companionship. Our caregivers provide that to your loved ones. Other useful services we offer are bed making, dressing, dusting, safety and fall protection, meal preparation, incontinence care, organizing mail and trips to the post office, oral hygiene and pet care and feeding, grocery shopping, taking out the trash, washing dishes and accompanying your loved one on walks. Staying active as ability allows is an important part of recovery, as well as maintaining senior health.
Through these services, we hope to help patients heal, get well and stay well. This will decrease their chances of hospital readmission, and it will also increase their chances of a longer life, with a higher quality of life.
When you cannot do it all, give Assisting Hands a call.
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