Join us for an inside look at the enTouch implementation at Centegra Health System. Centegra began using enTouch for improved communication with post-acute providers around their high-risk BPCI patients.
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.
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.
With the transition to value-based payment models in healthcare, Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) are seeing a greater need for more efficient care management for high-risk patients and an urgency to manage smarter transitions quickly. According to study performed by Beckers, 66% of readmissions happen within the first 15 days after a hospital discharge. This urgency puts a whole new focus on care transitions from hospital to post-acute care providers and their role amongst the broad care team to keep patients at home longer.