In our country, there are currently 44 million patients enrolled in Medicare programs, while millions of others – primarily those who are elderly, disabled, or come from low-income households – seek the benefits and assistance of powerful Medicaid programs. For a lot of these people, there are no other options, and without these programs to help guide them and support their health services, they would be left with the impossible task of paying thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses and facilitating their own treatment options.
Maintaining the quality of these programs is essential for ensuring the safety and well-being of such a massive percentage of our population, and through the availability of ehealth services designed to bolster their effectiveness and widen their reach, healthcare organizations can help their patients receive better treatment and improved outcomes than ever before.
Minimizing Hospital Readmission with At-Home Care
Most patients currently enrolled in either Medicare or Medicaid (or both simultaneously) are enrolled because of sensitive issues that prevent them from relying on other options. Regardless of the reasons for enrollment, it is essential that these patients be treated with the utmost care and attention to minimize setbacks, cut costs, and improve satisfaction.
One way of doing this is by reducing rates of hospital readmissions, which tend to lead to worsening health effects (due to hospital-acquired illnesses and patient safety incidents) and inflated medical expenses.
By fostering an environment that encourages thorough at-home care practices, healthcare providers can offer their patients a respite from the moorings of traditional health services.
Keeping Patients Happy and Healthy with Remote Patient Monitoring
It’s no surprise that patients are most at ease outside of physical healthcare facilities. While being surrounded by doctors, nurses, and other medical and clinical staff can instill confidence in health plans and treatment, it is the everyday surroundings and comforts of a patient’s own home that brings them the most joy. And with remote patient monitoring, the services and connections offered to patients through computers, smart phones, tablets, and portable devices not only compare to the quality of services found in hospitals, but also often supersede them.
Cutting Costs While Boosting Disease Education and Management Strategies
At-home care helps cut costs by keeping patients away from hefty hospital bills, while also allowing patients to better understand their conditions and even administer simple, self-care tasks.
By improving patient education and empowering patients with the knowledge needed to take a proactive role in their health treatment, overall mental and physical wellness can be greatly improved. And, with virtual consultations and 24-7 clinical health call center support, Medicare and Medicaid patients never need to feel left in the dark or uncertain about the quality of their care.
About Karen Thomas
Karen Thomas is a certified management accountant and the president of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, one of the leading telehealth monitoring companies in the U.S. Karen is a nationally renowned speaker, a lecturer for Missouri State University’s graduate-level Health Care Administration program, and a contributing author to, “Home Telehealth: Connecting Care Within the Community,” published by Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd. Karen has appeared on numerous webinars and has spoken at dozens of conferences on the benefits of remote patient monitoring, generating enhanced clinical outcomes, patient engagement, and coordination of care. She is a member of the Missouri Governors Innovation Task Force, a past board member of the National Association for Home Care and Private Duty Home Care Association, a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the American Society on Aging, and a past ex-officio member of the advisory board of HealthCare Technology Association of America.