Reform #35: Incentivize Home Health Care- Keeping People Out of the Hospital and Healing at Home
Reform #35: Incentivize Home Health Care- Keeping People Out of the Hospital and Healing at Home (from Putting Michigan Back to Work, The First Steps) According to a recent report from the National Association for Home Care and Hospice and Medicare, home health care costs 2 per visit, much lower than the 4 per-day cost at an average nursing home and dramatically lower than the 65 for an overnight stay at a hospital. Modern advances in technology enable greater expansion of home health care via an increased ability of health care providers to monitor patients care by telephone and other electronic means. By incentivizing home health care, patients can heal safely from the comfort of their homes while saving thousands of dollars in medical expenses, said Cox. Home care reduces patients exposure to other diseases in the hospital, allows a patient to stay with family and friends while healing and takes a much smaller toll on the patients checkbook.
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