Medicare: Patient Outcomes More Important The Ever

The Healthcare industry is undergoing a historic change. The Affordable Care Act has completely changed the way healthcare companies define success. It is no longer good enough to provide quality healthcare, healthcare systems are now judged by how well the patient does after discharge.

Regulatory agencies now judge “successful” treatment by whether or not the patient has re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.  Re-admissions have been targeted as a major factor in rising healthcare costs.  The hope is that a focus on re-admission rates would force hospitals to plug patients (especially those with chronic illness) into a support network that will help them stay out of the hospital.  That includes beefing up the education a patient receives before they leave to go home.

Hospitals have been adjusting to the focus on post-admission outcomes for the last few years.  As a result, hospital systems have expanded into ancillary services like home care in hopes of having better control of hospital readmission rates.  A focus that has also spread to nursing homes.

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All of this change will hopefully give patients all the knowledge they need to be able to stay home and out of the healthcare system resulting in better outcomes.

To provide a support system for patients after discharge, hospitals and nursing homes have turned to Elder Care Coordination to help. Elder Advocacy Group works with seniors and their families to develop a plan the keeps them from unnecessarily using the healthcare system. Their Elder Care Coordinators educate seniors and coordinate caregiver support to help them age in place.  EAG uses an elder-centered approach with an innovative concept called Life Care Planning to help elders and their families develop a plan to successfully age in place.

Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Doctor’s offices have used this concept to drastically reduce readmission rates. Now Elder Advocacy Group provides this service directly to our clients allowing them to put the healthcare system to work for them.

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About Tony Fischer

As an advocate for elders and their families, Tony has experience in the entire healthcare continuum. He has worked in hospitals, nursing homes, home care, hospice, and non-profits. His vast and unique experience led him to become a consultant that helps clients navigate the senior healthcare system. Tony also works hand and hand with healthcare providers to improve and streamline customer service. The company he founded with his wife Lori, Elder Advocacy Group Inc, advocates for seniors and senior health issues. They do this through the innovative concepts of Life Care Planning and Elder Care Coordination. Through these concepts Tony is able to help elders and their families plan to age successfully on their terms by protecting their right to choose the healthcare services they want provided in the place they want it. Tony shares his talents with other senior advocacy groups like the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council where he advises a non-profit serving seniors in Wayne County, Michigan. He also produces FREE online content for seniors and their families