There is so much change in current regulations that it’s easy to see how the home care industry’s strategic direction gets lost to the “tyranny of the urgent.” The new Home Health Conditions of Participation will place increased emphasis on Quality Improvement, yet agencies’ long-term success are not just dependent on their ability to improve quality. What will win in the end are care delivery systems that provide better outcomes for less money.
In this installment of our thought leader podcast series, I chat with Cheryl Adams, RN, BSN, MBA, Home Health Administrator of Sparta Community Hospital (Sparta, IL) about home care and the significant role it plays in population health. During the podcast, Cheryl discusses Sparta’s successful deployment of a telehealth program along with some creative patient engagement approaches they’ve implemented to help patients follow their care plans and prevent inpatient readmissions. You’ll also hear about how Cheryl has seen healthcare evolve in her 30+ years in the industry, including a discussion on the changing expectations of patients as we shift to consumer-driven healthcare.
We all know that things can change in an instant, especially when it comes to patient care. Add to that having a bunch of patients to care for at a time, and prioritizing care and managing patient populations can become rather difficult.
This is where surveillance comes in.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse,” with a central focus on the balance of “mind, body, and spirit.” We’ve curated some of our favorite blog posts for nurses, along with a few external resources, to clear the mind and reduce stress for even the most strained nurses out there.
The first of the 78 million baby boomers turned 70 last year, and the rest will do so in the next two decades. This aging population and an increase in chronic disease leads to rising readmission rates. And an industry emphasis on population health and patient engagement makes the need for reducing readmissions all the more important. Striving to reduce readmissions and keep patients healthy outside the hospital walls will further drive the shift from hospitals and nursing homes to care in the home, and from treatment to proactive care and monitoring.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Americans are likely to die each year from a drug overdose than from traffic accidents. And opioids account for more than three out of five overdose deaths. These scary statistics prompted me to initiate a discussion with MEDITECH’s Nurse Advisory Committee, comprised of 16 clinicians from different specialities throughout the US. From their collective experience, we came up with several ways that nurses and other providers can use their electronic health records to help patients manage pain, without falling into addictive drug use patterns. Here’s our top five: