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Paramedics Step Up to Cut Hospital Readmissions

Emergency medical workers find a new lucrative line of business: helping hospitals potentially save millions of dollars.

The cupboards were bare, so he did what anyone would do – he went grocery shopping. Except this wasn’t his home. He wasn’t even buying food for himself.

Instead, the man is a paramedic with the Carmel, Indiana Fire Department, a fast-growing town of 86,000 just north of Indianapolis. Carmel Fire Chief Matt Hoffman said his staffer wasn't responding to an emergency – he was preventing one, visiting one of the 80-plus former 911 patients participating in the department’s new Mobile Integrated Health Care program.

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Article by Alan Neuhauser 
Provided by U.S. News & World Report 

 

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5 Ways to Improve the Relationship Between Adult Children and Their Aging Parents


Whether you have aging family members, or care for older adults, these are simple ideas that help us reconnect when busy lifestyles make it difficult.
Encourage adult children and their parents to:
  1. Maintain frequent contact with each other – phone calls and in-person visits are extremely important for the peace of mind of both parent and child.
  2. Make a plan for their care together – ask the parents
    about their preferences for care and make a plan that
    everyone feels comfortable with. 
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CMS May Soften Paperwork Requirements For Home Health Care

By Lisa Gillespie

Doctors may not have to write a narrative summary for patients needing home health care if a proposed rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is finalized.

For Medicare to pay for a home health visit, which includes physical therapy, speech therapy and skilled nursing care, the patient must be seen by a doctor either 90 days prior to the start of the home health care or 30 days after the start of the services. Currently, Medicare also requires that physicians certify that these patients are under their care and that they have trouble leaving home without the help of a walker or special transportation because of an illness or injury. To do so, doctors have to fill out what’s referred to as a face-to-face document, which states when the doctor saw the patient, and includes a narrative summary stating why the patient is homebound.
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