Four factors make this an ideal time to institute a home-centered health care model:
Today, the aging U.S. population is increasingly plagued with multiple chronic diseases that make it difficult for them to leave their homes. Chronically ill, elderly patients represent 10% of all healthcare beneficiaries, but account for 57% of all health expenditures – primarily because of excessive hospital and emergency room visits. Nearly 3/4 of those patients would prefer to die at home, but only 1/4 of them have the opportunity. Instead, many of those hospitalized receive costly and painful high-tech interventions.
Advances in health care technology now make it increasingly easy to provide quality care in the home. From portable imaging machines to diagnostic apps for smart phones, diagnostic technology in the home is as comprehensive as the technology in a doctor’s office or walk-in clinic.
Affordable Care Act
New affordable health care legislation includes penalties to hospitals with high readmission rates. A recent study showed that home visits by nurse practitioners for three months after hospitalization for congestive heart failure can cut readmissions by more than half.
Resources and Expertise
A wealth of talented, nationally renowned physicians and health experts are prepared to embark on this massive endeavor, collaborating to capitalize on the momentum and the timely opportunity to transform palliative and end-of-life care.