In April 2009, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article by Jencks, Williams and Coleman, where they stated that 1 in 5 Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. 34% of these Medicare beneficiaries were readmitted within 90 days.
Over 90% of these readmissions were unplanned, the result of clinical deterioration and they estimate that it cost Medicare $17.4 Billion. Amongst all the conditions analyzed, the rate of re hospitalization for Heart Failure was highest at 26.9%.
The length of stay for these frequently readmitted patients was 0.6 days longer than the ones who were not readmitted within 6 months, within the same diagnosis related group.
MEDPAC further stated that 75% of these readmissions were preventable.
patients have shown a 30 day readmission rate of 7.7% for 2011, which is significantly lower than the national average of 20%
Visiting Angels and Avery Telehealth have teamed up to reduce readmission rates by offering newly discharged patients a customized 30 day care plan utilizing homecare and telehealth services together.
reducing hospital readmissions
CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE - DIABETES
COPD - PNUEMONIA - AMI - HYPERTENSION
TELEHEALTH services for 30 days may include:
- Daily Vital Signs Management
- Scheduled follow up PCP appointment and care coordination with providers
VISITING ANGELS HOMECARE SERVICES FOR 30 DAYS INCLUDE:
- Follow up on PT and OT orders
- Recognition of changes in conditions
- Proper nutrition and hydration
- Transportation to doctor appointments
- Healthy meal preparation
- Prescription pick up and grocery shopping
- Home safety assessment and recommendations
Call Visiting Angels today at 831 430-0616 for more information
Telehealth takes just 5 minutes a day
in the comfort of your own home.