Survey Shows a New Model of Care Emerging as Hospitals Focus on Reducing Preventable Readmissions

Amedisys and HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit Find that 73% of Healthcare Executives Polled Agree that Partnering with Home Healthcare Can Help Lower Preventable Readmissions

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BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

A new survey on how hospitals are addressing the CMS 30-day readmissions penalty shows that a consensus is emerging around core strategies for reducing preventable readmissions.

The number-one strategy that seven in every 10 senior hospital leaders (73%) adopt to lower preventable readmissions is to partner with home healthcare; with 60% of hospitals having already selected home healthcare partners.

Other strategies include:

  • Scheduling follow-up visits with primary physician (69%)
  • Partnering with long-term care and skilled nursing facilities (64%)
  • Adjusting clinical protocols and discharge practices during acute care (62%)
  • Providing a hospital-to-home care transition program (56%)
  • Providing care navigators/coaches for high risk patients (56%)

A survey conducted by HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Unit in collaboration with Amedisys in September, 2013, polled 106 senior leaders, including CEOs and physicians, at 75 hospitals and health systems nationwide.

“Managing chronic disease should involve post-acute care, complete with frequent monitoring of vital criteria, including blood pressure, diet and physical activity,” stated Michael Fleming, MD, FAAFP and chief medical officer for Amedisys Inc., a national leader in healthcare at home. “Hospitals are seeing the benefit of collaborating with post-acute care partners in an effort to improve their patients’ health and prevent hospital readmissions because we can deliver such regular oversight, including strategies such as patient education before discharge, medication management and primary care physician follow-up.”

Amedisys, a leading provider of healthcare delivered at home, dispatches healthcare professionals to care for more than 360,000 patients each year and 60,000 patients every day. More than 2,200 hospitals and 61,900 physicians nationwide have chosen Amedisys as a partner in post-acute care.

To access the full report, click here.

For more information on how Amedisys can help hospitals improve readmission performance, click here.

To download Amedisys’ Case Study on reducing one hospital’s heart failure readmissions rate by 13 points in one year, click here.

About Amedisys:

Amedisys, Inc. (AMED) is a leading health care at home company delivering personalized home health and hospice care to more than 360,000 patients each year. More than 2,200 hospitals and 61,900 physicians nationwide have chosen Amedisys as a partner in post-acute care. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best for our patients, whether that is home-based recovery and rehabilitation after an operation or injury, care focused on empowering them to manage a chronic disease, palliative care for those with a terminal illness, or hospice care at the end of life. Amedisys also has the industry’s first-ever nationwide Care Transitions program, designed to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions through patient and caregiver health coaching and care coordination, which starts in the hospital and continues throughout completion of the patient’s home health plan of care. For more information about the Company, please visit: http://www.amedisys.com.

Contact:
Amedisys, Inc.
Kendra Kimmons, 225-299-3720
Marketing & Communications
kendra.kimmons@amedisys.com

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