Medicare Savings with Primary Health Care at Home

Patients receiving primary health care at home help save Medicare money Patients who receive health care services at home had fewer visits to the ER, less hospitalizations and reduced length of stay at skilled nursing facilities according to a report published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society. The report, also highlighted by MedStar Washington Hospital Center, found Medicare savings of 17% over 2 years for people whose primary medical care was provided at home. Comparing costs, care and survival of selected patients, they reported an average Medicare savings of $8,477 per patient over 2 years! The savings were based […]

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AARP: Advances in Medical Technology Allows More At-Home Aging

An AARP article outlines new medical technology for better aging at home. From vital sign sensors to GPS trackers, home health care is heading for the next level according to an article from March 2014 in the AARP Bulletin. They talk about new technology that can help you, or your parents, age at home more gracefully, and with greater independence and peace of mind. The article highlights a system called Lively, which has 6 sensors placed around the home to monitoring your parents’ health and safety remotely. Sensors can be placed on pillboxes, the bathroom door or a key chain […]

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85% of Americans Do Not Favor Cuts to Medicare Home Health Care

Reductions to Medicare Home Health Care Services Prompted a Poll Showing 85% Favor Providing These Services Concerned members of the home healthcare industry initiated a poll to research the stance of Americans’ on the 14% funding cut proposed to Medicare Home Care, as part of the Affordable Care Act. The results regarding American’s support of Medicare Home Healthcare were published as part of an article on Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare’s website.   Key findings of the survey show that opposition to Medicare Home Health cuts remains high. –          85.6% favor providing Medicare home healthcare services to homebound, elderly people –          81.5% think […]

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Health Care Heroes in Detroit

Crain’s Detroit Business Magazine has named their 13th annual Health Care Heroes awards. Honoring people in Detroit area healthcare, the article features stories on the winners and honorable-mention award recipients. The awards cover several areas, including corporate achievement in health care, advancements in health care, physician, allied health and outstanding trustee.   The 2014 Winners Varsha Moudgal, M.D. and Anurag Malani, M.D. as physicians working in infectious disease. Denise Rabidoux for corporate achievement in health care. Eugene Applebaum as a Trustee at Beaumont Health System. Sonia Hassan, M.D. for advancements in healthcare for her study on premature births. Michael Rolnick […]

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Five Workforce Trends Influencing the Health Care Industry

Some of the main trends in healthcare are driving the demand for care at home. In a blog post on Crain’s Detroit Business from January 2014, author Lisa Katz outlines the top factors contributing to changes in the healthcare industry over the next decade. Three of the five top factors driving the growth of the industry, expected to add 3.2 million new jobs from 2008–2018, heavily influence the demand for in-home medical care. Read the full article here >   Mobile Health Technology New devices and medical technology are allowing for remote monitoring of diseases and general wellbeing. They can […]

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Health Coaches and Home Care

One of the latest trends in personal care are health coaches. Although most health coaches work in conjunction with a physical trainer to help you achieve better overall fitness, they can be a valuable asset to home health care too. Think of a health coach as a personal trainer focused on overall wellness, outside of physical fitness. They help you make healthy lifestyle choices that are personalized for your unique situation. Not only can a health coach help people lose weight or get in shape, but can also can assist those with a chronic illness too! Many types of things […]

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Preventable Hospitalization of Seniors in Michigan

Thousands of senior citizens can prevent going to the hospital with better health management at home. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health there were 134,400 seniors in Michigan with preventable hospitalization in 2012. Read the full report from MDCH: Preventable Hospitalizations in Michigan 2007-2012 By managing chronic health conditions, and maintaining overall health, many of our loved ones can stay out of the hospital.   Chronic conditions such as Diabetes, Asthma, Hypertension, Congestive Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease all show significant, typically preventable, hospitalizations. Acute illnesses such as pneumonia, kidney infections and dehydration are also prevalent. […]

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Pain Management with a Visiting Nurse

Managing chronic pain at home can be a challenge. But a visiting nurse can make it easier! Living pain-free is a priority to you, and it’s a priority to us too. Visiting nurses can help you manage pain using a variety of techniques. From medication to meditation, our skill and expertise puts you at ease. A solid pain management program at home will help relieve physical pain, but also related side effects such as nausea and anxiety. The overall goal is to improve your quality of life and keep you more comfortable. Pain Medication Management with a Visiting Nurse Working […]

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Advantages of Home Health Care

With advances in medical technology, the advantages of home health care keep growing! Many of the medical services that could previously be done only at a doctors’ office or hospital can now be performed at home with advances in at-home medical technology. This has led to a significant increase in the number of people who receive medical care at home. Surveys tell us time and again that these people find that it’s more convenient, more comfortable and more cost-effective in the long run. We have found, through years of providing home health care, that patients consistently cite many advantages over […]

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Indications that Elderly Parents Need Help at Home

A list of indications and warning signs that your elderly parents need help at home. You may notice your elderly parents slowing down some, becoming more forgetful or having a hard time keeping up with house work. Some of that is normal with age. But sometimes it gets to the point where it’s not healthy for them. However, admitting that they need help is often difficult. Even when others ask, the answer may be “No dear, everything is fine.” If your intuition tells you differently, look at this list and dig a little deeper. If 3 or more of these […]

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