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Chronic heart failure patients are at the center of the national effort to reduce hospital readmissions. Nearly one in four patients is readmitted for events that likely were preventable, and more than one in 10 patients is readmitted within 15 days of being released, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). The leading cause of death in the U.S., heart failure is the most common hospital discharge diagnosis for Medicare patients, and treatment of them is among the most expensive. As the Affordable Care Act requires hospitals to take more responsibility for patient outcomes, healthcare officials are determined to reduce the number of heart patient readmissions. In October 2012, Medicare began refusing to pay for unnecessary readmissions of patients with heart failure, heart attacks and pneumonia, and in August 2013, Medicare fined 2,225 hospitals $227 million for excessive readmissions in those categories.

A study of discharged heart failure patients who were monitored remotely shows that telemonitoring is a promising strategy for reducing hospital readmissions. Telemonitoring can keep even the most fragile heart failure patients connected to healthcare providers after they are sent home from the hospital. In addition to preventing costly readmissions, telemonitoring has the added benefit of helping patients comply with their medication instructions and improving their quality of life. While patients have the comfort of knowing their vital signs and symptoms are evaluated daily, hospital administrators are learning that telemonitoring can help them reduce healthcare costs and keep hospital rooms free for patients with the most urgent needs.

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The numbers from Advanced TeleHealth Solutions shows significant reductions in emergency room visits and re-hospitalizations, particularly for high-dollar patients.
Dr. Roy W. Holand
I don’t go to the hospital now because I’m able to check my vitals daily and I’m not afraid. I could barely function before, and now I feel safe. The staff is never in a hurry, never too busy for me. It’s a comfort to know that they are watching out for me. It’s like having a whole bunch of friends around all the time.
Vickie Stark
Telemonitoring has been very helpful. In the past, anytime a patient had a problem with blood pressure or a medicine had to be changed, it was very difficult to monitor, and many times we had to bring the patient back to the clinic or we had a nurse go check their blood pressure. Since telemonitoring, it’s really been very convenient, especially for the patients.
Dr. Ovais Zubair
By carefully monitoring the patient several times a day, Advanced TeleHealth Solutions could tell when it was time to make a home visit and administer care. As a result, the patient was much more comfortable and the home visits saved a trip to the hospital. With the budget crisis in the state of Missouri involving Medicaid state management, telemonitoring is such an inexpensive alternative to multiple trips to the emergency room or doctor’s office.
Jan Pelkey