Thursday, February 25, 2010
One in three home care patients admitted to hospital
If you are like me, you want to eliminate trips to the hospital when issues can be managed at home or lower level care environments. That's why I was shocked to find out that 29% of home health care patients across the US are admitted to the hospital while under the care of a home health care agency.
According to Medicare, some patients may need to go into the hospital while they are getting home health care. In some cases--like incurable chronic medical conditions--going into the hospital may not be avoidable even with good home health care. However, some inpatient hospital care may be avoided if home health care staff is doing a good job at checking the patient's health condition at each visit (so problems are detected early).
With the national average of home care patients who had to be admitted to the hospital at 29%, you need to understand the differences between home health care providers in your area before you choose. The picture above is the search in my zip code. You can see the large differences between providers ranging for 14% to 60%.
To check out home health care agencies in your area for this specific measure go to Hospital Admissions from Home Care Agencies
To check out other Home Health Care Measures go to CMS Home Care Quality Measures
Have you had experiences with home health care agencies in your area? Share your experiences with other users by rating the home health care agency on WhereToFindCare.com. Your feedback is invaluable to others in your community searching for a homecare agency.