Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (VNAHG) logs 60 to 100 patient referrals a day, mostly from well-established hospital partners who want to pair newly discharged patients with home-based health services.
Private-duty home care providers across the country are celebrating the recent announcement that Medicare Advantage plans will cover non-skilled home care services starting next year. The change will be available to the 21 million seniors who have opted in to the Medicare Advantage plans and is an important step in helping the rapidly growing senior population age safely in their own homes.
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.