The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation sponsored a useful report on characteristics of home health care and other post-acute care services by Medicare beneficiaries, with a focus on those surrounding hospital readmissions, a significant current issue for hospitals.
One of the causes of rapid health spending growth is the aging of our population. A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality reviews the literature on home and community-based care for the elderly versus institutional care in nursing homes.
Its March and spring nears; our Potpourri blooms with nuggets of health care information, including comparative regulation of medical devices in the US and Europe, do physicians always truthful with patients, CMS’ oversight of home health care agencies, the validity of a CMS’ measure of ER scanning, and patient-centered care.
Welcome to 2012, when you can once again expect a series of high-quality Potpourris from our immense data bank! Our initial foray includes the Independence at Home CMS demo, discharge summaries and hospital readmissions, CMS’ quality measures for Medicaid patients, private equity fundraising, medical homes and cost savings for Medicaid patients and the effect of poor discharge summaries on nursing home patients.
Our penultimate Potpourri delivers the quality you are accustomed to (for good or bad), including presents of health information on the Medicare physician payment method, telemonitoring results in the UK, the effect of eprescribing on fill rates, issues relating to use of health information technology in the home, the effect of social network on health behavior and whether imaging results actually influence decision-making or outcomes. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
An intriguing concept is explored in a paper from Deloitte: would it be possible to move some services typically delivered in a hospital to the patient’s home. Based on pilot’s in Australia, the paper suggests that savings can be achieved, with no apparent threat to quality or patient safety.