One element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to encourage hospitals to reduce readmissions within 30 days of discharge for certain conditions. For 2013, the target conditions are pneumonia, heart failure and heart attack. (Additional conditions will be added in 2014 and beyond.) Hospitals that have higher-than-normal readmissions will face reduced reimbursements from Medicare. This means hospitals must work on patient health after discharge to avoid readmissions for the same diseases.
Quite often, discharged patients will be sent to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation after a hospital stay, and there is little readmission risk while a patient is in one of these facilities. The greatest risk comes when those patients leave skilled nursing and return to their homes. Since changes in diet, exercise, and disease education are the recommended courses of action to prevent readmission, there is a strong role for in-home care companies to ensure that at-risk patients follow their care plans, avoid return trips to the hospital, and get better.
Always Best Care of the Midlands recently trained and certified its workforce in post-acute care to prevent readmissions for heart attacks, heart disease, and pneumonia. We implemented online training so that our caregivers could study the material at a time of their choosing, in the comfort of their homes, where they would not have to be in a classroom at an inconvenient time. We had record participation in this optional program, and most of our caregivers completed this training in hospital readmission reduction. This makes Always Best Care the company of choice for in-home care for any senior who has been hospitalized for one of these conditions.
Call us at (803) 403 1895 if you or your loved one has been hospitalized for heart attack, heart disease, or pneumonia. We are happy to provide you with a customized plan of care that is designed to prevent readmissions to the hospital. We’re Always Best Care, and we’re dedicated to exceeding your expectations…always!