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Now that the Supreme Court has upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, many are asking how healthcare reform will impact home healthcare in the future. Our perspective is that this is an opportunity for lean, quality providers like Care at Home to make an even greater impact on care outcomes and patient satisfaction.

The expansion of private insurance and Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California), as well as continued growth of older adults enrolled in Medicare, will demand providers who can care equally well for patients of all health insurance types. Unlike most home health agencies, which focus mainly on short-term adult care, Care at Home has been providing long-term and short-term care for patients of ALL ages and with ALL types of health insurance for 15 years.

Hospitals will demand home health agencies that minimize unplanned patient hospitalizations to lower their Medicare penalties.  Care at Home’s unplanned hospitalization rate is 11% — less than half the average of all home health agencies in California and the U.S. and significantly lower than other home health agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Healthcare reform will also demand better coordination along the continuum of care. Care at Home’s substantial investment in state-of-the-art, HIPAA-compliant electronic health records system enables great care coordination among our clinical care teams, while our intensive patient case management model ensures continuous communication with our patients’ doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers to ensure our patients receive customized care that accelerates their recovery to good health.  Furthermore, Care at Home has developed long-standing relationships with other providers that our patients often need to ensure we can recommend trusted solutions to all their health needs.

Care at Home is truly a community healthcare organization that is ready for healthcare reform. Our great patient satisfaction and wonderful testimonials speak for themselves.  If you need great quality home healthcare in the San Francisco Bay Area, give us a call!

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