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Building a Better Bridge From Hospital to Home Health Care

Lifestyles - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:26am
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(NewsUSA) - There are many things that American health care professionals do well, but transitioning patients from hospital to home still isn't one of them.

From anxiety about at-home care to confusion with instructions and medications, to lack of appropriate equipment, coupled with little to no communication between doctors and patients, it's no wonder that hospital readmission rates remain at an all time high, according to a 2012 report from the Alliance of Community Health Plans.

A Pittsburgh-based health care services company, however, believes this doesn't have to be the case. Instead, a new program by AdvaCare is helping patients and doctors come together.

"By becoming an advocate for both patients and physician's, AdvaCare has found a way to bridge treatment for patients from hospital to home and help reduce overall health care costs," said AdvaCare Home Services President Tammy Zelenko.

Zelenko noted that the Patient Partner Program, which recently launched, decreases health care costs for patients by reducing the number of hospital readmissions, emergency room visits, and additional health complications that can occur during the hospital-to-home transition.

No small undertaking, but a necessary one since, according to the report, the U.S. loses $26 billion annually in Medicare readmissions, which means that AdvaCare's program could be just what the doctor ordered.

And if insurance won't cover the cost of a home health care provider, be prepared for some sticker shock. According to disabled-world.com, depending on what city you live in, the average out-of-pocket expense of hiring a home health care aide is $29 an hour or $18,000 a year for someone to come in three times a week for 12 months. In Los Angeles, the price tag goes up to $50 per hour.

For its part, AdvaCare helps patients with the transition from hospital to home by monitoring its patients and providing detailed, individualized patient care plans and in-home assessments.

"The program offers physicians and doctors an additional route that helps save lives and money," Zelenko said. "The focus is not only to help patients adjust to their diagnoses, but to make lifestyle changes, and educate them on their chronic diseases. Through this level of dedication, AdvaCare is helping hospitals avoid costly readmission penalties, allowing more involved patients to better manage their healthcare," she said.

For more information, visit www.advacarehsppp.com.

Iran: Netanyahu trying to disrupt nuclear talks

CNN World - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:22am
As much as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to convince U.S. politicians to be wary of a nuclear deal with Iran, he has two other big players he also wants to sway -- Iranian officials and his own people.
Categories: International News

Best Buy is not the next RadioShack

Business News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:09am
Best Buy is not RadioShack. It's turnaround is legit.

Bulldogs Travel To Vanderbilt Looking For Sweep

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 11:00am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – With the 2014-15 campaign nearing an end, Mississippi State plays its final road game Wednesday at Vanderbilt before playing host to Missouri Saturday in the regular-season finale at Humphrey Coliseum.

iPhone is back to being the world's top selling smartphone

Business News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:50am
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Zakaria: Netanyahu sets a bad precedent

CNN World - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:48am
CNN's Fareed Zakaria explains the issues surrounding Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech at congress.
Categories: International News

Deposits Being Accepted Now For New Dudy Noble Field

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:47am
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Seat and premium area deposits can now be made toward the new Dudy Noble Field as Mississippi State Athletics unveiled pricing information for fans on Tuesday. The new $40 million project aims to remake the Bulldogs' home ballpark into the finest in college baseball.

The disturbing consequences of ultra-connectivity

Business News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:23am
Smartphones and mobile devices have given each of us a 'second brain,' allowing us to navigate new cities without getting lost and speak fluently in different languages.

Who is Benjamin Netanyahu?

CNN World - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:20am
CNN's Elise Labott profiles the Israeli Prime Minister.
Categories: International News

Obama attacks Netanyahu's credibility

CNN World - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:17am
The differences between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were on display Monday when the two offered dramatically divergent takes on a nuclear deal with Iran -- even as Netanyahu struck a conciliatory tone during his visit to Washington.
Categories: International News

IHOP declares 'national pancake day'

Business News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:41am
Dig in: It's national pancake day.

Dreams come true for disabled coach

CNN - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:36am
On the basketball court, Karl Turk forgets that he walks with a limp and a cane. He'll get so caught up in the moment that he'll gesture with his hands to make a point and his cane will go flying. He's in the zone.
Categories: National News

Putin's movie wishlist: Crimea and military glory

Business News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:23am
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Apple stock is making regular Americans rich

Business News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 9:19am
Being an Apple fan has paid off handsomely for Alex Gerb.

How Skid Row got its name

CNN - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:39am
CNN's Paul Vercammen walks Los Angeles' streets with an expert who knows intimately just what is Skid Row.
Categories: National News

Saudi diplomat in Yemen freed by al Qaeda

CNN World - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:39am
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has freed a Saudi diplomat it kidnapped three years ago, Yemeni Foreign Ministry officials told CNN.
Categories: International News

Is this the best senior prank ever?

CNN - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:38am
A high school student organized a prank where the principal held a bucket as students dropped thank you notes inside. KWCH has the story.
Categories: National News

Learn how to hold a baby ... and a gun

CNN - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:37am
An Iowa mother is teaching a class on how to safely carry a gun while holding a baby. WOI-DT reports.
Categories: National News

Cruel meme of tot goes viral

CNN - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 8:35am
A picture of a 2-year-old went viral online in a cruel way. The young girl's family is upset. CNN affiliate WCBD reports.
Categories: National News
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