The use of skilled nursing facilities as short and long term post-acute care settings has become very prevalent. At the moment, there are nearly 16,000 certified skilled nursing facilities in the U.S and the number keeps rising.
Every year in the U.S, hundreds of thousands of people die fromterminal illnesses like cancer and advanced heart disease. Unfortunately, the vast majority of this demographic doesn’t enter hospice care until their final days, if they ever do at all. In order to understand why this is so, a cursory glance at what hospice care entails is necessary.
We sat down with one of our hospital case managers to better understand how enTouch helps him on a day-to-day basis. What was the biggest thing he said? Communication...it’s a hot topic in healthcare and, in an industry that relies heavily on fax machines, it’s not always easy. Here’s a quick patient story that clearly outlines how increased, real-time communication can have a direct impact on patient care and outcomes.
Over 5 million patients transition from hospitals to skilled nursing facilities each year. Millions of others transition from hospitals to their homes, rehabilitation centers and other care settings. Social workers are central to these transitions. They are tasked with discharge planning and coordinating post-acute care from the early stages of a patient’s hospitalization. Their responsibility often follows patients as they move among different caregiver settings.
It’s not news that an increasing portion of Americans are seniors, but to provide some perspective, since 2012, nearly 10,000 Americans turn 65 daily and by 2030, 20% of the population will be over 65 years old. In response to this trend, the healthcare industry continues to rely more and more heavily on two increasingly important avenues of post-acute care: home care and home health. Considering the complexity of the in-home care delivery ecosystem, it is vital that patients, caregivers, and providers understand the differences between each aspect of care to ensure all involved approach each conversation and decision from an informed standpoint. To help drive some clarity, here is a brief overview of home care (non-medical) and home health care (medical) and the advantages of both in meeting the needs of an aging population.
As the number of seniors continues to rise in the United States, so does the need for home health agencies that are instrumental in providing lower cost, long-term care in the home. Among the 67,000 long-term care providers who took care of over 9,000,000 patients in the year 2014, the CDC reports that roughly 13,000 were home health agencies charged with taking care of patients in the home. In the recent years, the increasing pressure from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to bundle payments and reduce hospital readmissions has led hospitals to seek out home health agencies that can provide the most optimal and efficient care for their patients in the post-acute care setting. Now is the time for home health agencies to differentiate themselves in a fragmented market. A sound marketing strategy, consisting of three key steps, can make a meaningful difference.
Our CEO, Ashish V. Shah, joined Bootstrapping in America to talk about how PreparedHealth is innovating in the home health space. Watch the video to learn more about the future of home health, how technology is transforming healthcare and what to look for next.
Healthcare engagement company, PreparedHealth, reports accelerated growth along with key new hires.
PreparedHealth has expanded its leadership team by naming Iqbal Brainch as Chief Marketing Officer. The announcement comes in the midst of significant growth. The firm has more than doubled its employee count over the last quarter and recently announced expansion of its network with both Centegra Health System and Encompass Home Health signing multi-year agreements to join the enTouch™ network and activate their Digital Nursing Assistant, DiNA™.
Encompass enters agreement to join the enTouch™ network, focusing on ACO partnerships and home health value based purchasing models.
Healthcare engagement company, PreparedHealth, announced today a multi-year agreement with Encompass, a nationally recognized leader in the home health and hospice industry. With the partnership, Encompass will join the enTouch network and activate DINA™, a digital nursing assistant, to further enhance their mission to provide “A Better Way to Care” to their patient population.
Join us in Chicago at the Post Acute Link Continuum Care Conference! Our CEO, Ashish V. Shah, will be on stage with Eric Thul, Division Director at BAYADA Home Health Care talking about BAYADA's success with early interventions using DINA™ and the enTouch™ network.