Harmony Home Health-Sacramento Home Care was delighted to attend the second annual Healthcare Summit sponsored by the Physicians Management Group of Northern California.
We attended the event with our marketing partners Western Slope Health Center and The Pines at Placerville Skilled Nursing facility. Both are part of the larger Cedar Ravine Group, and owned by Plum Healthcare Group.
In the photo attached, from left to right are Jamilyn Bloodworth: Community Liaison Cedar Ravine Group; Laurie Randall: Nurse Liaison Cedar Ravine Group; Gail Holliday: Assistant Director of Nursing Harmony Home Health; Jennifer Jarrett RN Director of Nursing Harmony Home Health; and Patrick Philbrick Director Harmony Home Health.
The event was moderated by Venu Kondle MD. Doctor Venu gave a very inspiring overview on the changes in healthcare that are taking place because of the Affordable Care Act and the creation of Accountable Care Organizations. Dr. Kondle described the current changes as a “Tectonic Shift” from measure outcomes by “heads and beds” to measuring the value experienced by the patients themselves.
No longer will volume be the chief metric in evaluating outcomes in healthcare. Rather the success of efforts to actually improving patient health and their evaluation of the care they received will be the primary measure of outcomes in healthcare moving forward.
Harmony Home Health welcomes these changes as our nursing supervised home care is focused on the values of improving patient experiences, improving peoples health, helping patients discharged to home care get better, and for the facilities that refer to us, reducing and preventing readmissions in a measurable way. Our services reduce costs for hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, making a partnership with us a profitable experience for our referral partners.
This new paradigm in healthcare is creating competition among providers on value rather than volume. Everything is going to be measured on increasingly granular levels. The system is moving to “evidenced based transitional care.” Those Home Health and Personal Care agencies that can provide real proof of improving a patient's condition after discharge will be the ones that survive and prosper in this new environment. Harmony Home Health patients have a low 3.7% readmission rate after discharge versus the national average with private duty home care of 15.9%. Clearly this is a huge incentive to hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to create “Dual Discharges”, referring private duty home care in collaboration with Medicare home health services of skilled nursing services. The combination of the two is a powerful tool in improving our healthcare system for both providers and patients moving forward.
Dr. Steven Pantilat MD, Director of the Palliative Care Program at UCSF spoke about the dramatic increase in value to patients when the focus is shifted to what the provider thinks is best for the patient, to focusing on the patient’s experience of care. He showed us data on how large an impact adding personal care to a discharge plan has on the outcome of that patient’s health.