Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will require home health agencies in nine states, as of January 1, 2016, to be part of a new payment model designed to improve the quality of home-based healthcare services for Medicare beneficiaries.
The proposed Home Health Value-Based Purchasing model will test whether financial incentives for better care can improve quality outcomes in the delivery of home health services. According to acting CMS administrator, Andy Slavitt, “The goal is that no matter where the care is delivered, it is supported by a payment system that rewards providers who deliver the highest quality outcomes.”
Remote Monitoring & Health Call Center Services to the Rescue
Remote patient monitoring use by home health agencies has grown significantly in recent years, thanks to the many efficiencies and savings it provides for both patients and healthcare companies. Starting January 1, nine states (Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington, Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska, Florida and Tennessee) will be required to participate in CMS’s new value-based model. The new program applies a payment reduction or increase to current Medicare-certified home health agency payments, depending on quality performance. What this means for home health agencies is that they need to assess the quality of their current services, as defined by CMS, and find ways to improve.
If your home health agency has yet to take advantage of remote patient monitoring and health call center services, like those offered by Advanced TeleHealth Solutions, now is most certainly the time. Advanced TeleHealth Solutions’ remote patient monitoring solutions and health call center services help home health agencies meet the quality outcome and process measurements set up by the new CMS model in a number of ways:
- Decreasing hospitalizations: Advanced TeleHealth Solutions’ remote patient monitoring solutions and URAC-accredited health call center services regularly measure patients’ weight, blood pressure, heart rate, pulse oximetry, and other vitals to track emerging health issues, provide interaction and coaching, and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations.
- Increasing patient compliance with care plans: Remote patient monitoring and health call center services provide home health agencies with a better way to ensure that patients are compliant with medications and care plans by maintaining close communication with healthcare providers who can provide answers to questions about their diagnosis and treatment.
- Managing chronic disease patients efficiently & effectively: According to the CDC, in 2012, about half of all adults had one or more chronic health conditions, and one of four adults had two or more chronic health diseases. These numbers are growing, and some projections indicate that nearly half of the US population will suffer from chronic disease by the year 2020. Remote patient monitoring and health call center services provide patients with the tools, education, and attention that they need to fully understand their condition and feel empowered to more effectively care for themselves.
From diabetes care to CHF management, Advanced TeleHealth Solutions offers a turnkey remote patient monitoring and health call center solution for Medicare-certified home health agencies to help them provide a valuable service that will meet the needs of their patients as well as CMS’s forthcoming quality outcome and process measures.
To learn more about Advanced TeleHealth Solutions’ remote patient monitoring services and URAC-accredited health call center, contact our team today.