As Memorial Day approaches, the brave service men and women who fought so loyally for our country are in our minds and hearts. We show utmost appreciation for their sacrifices that have kept our country safe and free.
Every day, home health agencies across the country strive to improve care and quality of life for our beloved veterans, and this Memorial Day, we hope to continue providing all those affected veterans with their rightful access to quality care in their preferred setting.
Millions of American seniors – including those who served our country – rely on Medicare home health to remain in their home as they age. To protect these noble veterans’ access to effective and efficient home healthcare, the Partnership is asking lawmakers to help prevent prior authorization requirements for home health, a process which would delay access to physician-prescribed home healthcare and increase costs for beneficiaries, the Medicare program and taxpayers.
Prior authorization has the potential to deter the timely delivery of care by requiring physician-ordered services to be reviewed and approved prior to care initiation, increase costs to Medicare by delaying hospital discharges, and limit the ability to reduce fraud and abuse.
To protect the well-being of veterans, and other seniors who depend upon access to care, we must raise awareness about the harms prior authorization can cause to the home health patients. We encourage everyone to support us in our journey to guarantee the health and happiness of American veterans by contacting their lawmakers to urge support:
We are pleased to release a new Home Health Value Kit: a guide that provides comprehensive information on the value of the Medicare home health benefit. Home healthcare provides clinically advanced, cost effective post-acute and chronic care management in the setting patients desire most – their home. So it’s critical for lawmakers, their staff, and other stakeholders to understand the benefits it has for patients, taxpayers and the Medicare program. Continue reading for a quick look into the kit and the information it offers:
This kit contains thorough information regarding home healthcare, from details about what home health care is, who receives it, information about the Partnership, and an outline of the human, clinical and fiscal value of the Medicare home healthcare benefit. You can also learn more about how you can support and empower the senior population through Bring The Vote Home, a national initiative designed to collect seniors’ opinions on a wide range of issues while simultaneously empowering both seniors and disabled Americans to engage fully in America’s electoral process.
Human Value of Home Health
Home health patients are older, poorer and sicker than the Medicare population as a whole:
- 4% of home health Medicare beneficiaries are older than 85
- 2% live with five or more chronic conditions
- 2% live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty level
Clinical Value of Home Health
Patients in high quality home health and home-based care programs experience:
- 26% fewer acute care hospitalizations
- 59% fewer hospital bed days
- A total of 19-30% savings in medical costs
Fiscal Value of Home Health
Skilled home healthcare is widely recognized as cost effective:
- Medicare saves an average of $5,411 if home healthcare is the first post-acute setting utilized after a patient receives major joint replacement.
- The average cost of care in a skilled nursing facility is $449 per day or $26,940 for a 60-day stay compared to $2,674 for a 60-day home health episode.
Want to learn more?
To view the kit in its entirety, click here.