Home Health Clinical Strategy Based on Referral Source


More than ever, Covid-19 crises has demonstrated the value of having a holistic approach to patient management.  Covid-19 crisis has shown how age, underlying chronic conditions, socioeconomic status, and other risk-factors can influence mortality of a patient. 

In my prior post, I talked about how home care agencies providing high-quality, cost-effective care can position themselves as value-adding entities during this pandemic. All patients being admitted into home care are not alike, agencies must develop clinical training and management strategies that help clinicians case manage patients coming from different referral sources with different referral source based risk factors.  

Since majority (>75%) of home care patients admitted into home care services are from in-patient settings (short term acute care hospital, Skilled Nursing Facility, inpatient acute rehab) it is paramount for home care agencies to develop a specific clinical assessment focus and clinical...

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Skipping to Covid-19

No Elective Surgeries and Skilled Nursing Facility population displacement has major implications for Home health agencies as these agencies will be managing a much high risk and high acuity patients. 

We are not sure what the post Covid-19 world will look like, but one thing is for sure! This is the time for home care agencies to shine!  Home care agencies that can deliver high-quality, cost-effective care will play a central role in managing Covid-19 and high-acuity non-Covid-19 patients in home environment. 

This new role will require home care agencies to shift its practices and be able to manage higher acuity population in home environment.  In order to accomplish this effectively, here are a few things to consider for home care leadership

Clinical & Operations Management

  • Educate and train clinicians in managing high-risk population at home
  • Build a risk based clinical case management strategy where your agency identifies the patient’s risk at...
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