Hospital expectations of improved clinical outcomes and reduced re-admissions continue to put pressure on senior living communities…….but Telehealth will continue to partner working alongside them with the same goals to improve a patient’s overall medical outcome. The majority of nursing facilities have yet to discover the advantages of partnering with a Telemedicine company.
There is no question that senior living communities are a vital piece of the healthcare puzzle. Hospitals and senior communities work hand in hand. Those communities providing Skilled Nursing services are evolving in hopes of providing a higher level of acute care for those patients who are complex. Senior communities are continually being evaluated, which has led to the need of the significant enhancement of post-acute care services to improve clinical outcomes.  
Hospitals and Acute Care Providers are expected to discharge patients quickly……while not compromising the patient’s well being or their overall medical outcome. So, as expected senior livings that are  partnered with Telehealth strive to deliver results hospitals desire, meaning they will continue to receive referrals to maintain their desired census. Healthcare reimbursement changes have started….those poorly performing communities will experience penalties.

Telehealth offers several benefits….

  • Increased opportunity to partner with Acute Care Provider due to decreasing their re-admission, ultimately preventing the hospital from a penalty.
  • Competitive edge over others.
  • Guidance and support from Medical Providers.
  • Reducing unplanned transfers.
  • Decrease ER visits.
  • Improved onsite care and ratings.
  • Unnecessary trips to the Urgent Care avoided
  • Improved family and resident satisfaction.

This partnership leads to improved patient medical care, accessible 24×7. Hospitals and other acute care providers are motivated to discharge their patients to a post-acute community to assist them with their requirements, especially in this time of increasing financial penalties and regulations.

Acute care partners, after referring to a community, closely monitor the rate of Return to Hospital, Length of Stay, Patient Education, and ongoing care management. Post-acute care providers are expected to produce weekly\monthly outcomes for all patients the acute care partners refer to ensure guidelines are being met. All post care providers are being held accountable and their expected return of referrals depends on this.

75% of Emergency Room visits are unnecessary

American Medical Association

91% of the US Population have cell phones and 98% have access to the internet

Pew Research

Employers in the United States could save 6 billion per year by providing Telehealth services to their employees

Towers Watson

About 20% of Americans live in rural areas without easy access to primary care or specialist medical services

American Hospital Association
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