When push comes to shove, people become innovative. That’s somewhat how things have been in the home care industry for a long time. When the federal government decided to slash Medicaid reimbursements to home care clients by 14 percent in order to help pay for Obamacare, those in the industry knew it was going to cause problems.
Agencies and caregivers had already been operating on razor thin profit margins and these cuts, especially for those that were heavily reliant on Medicaid reimbursements, were going to have to find a way to change to survive, or they would no longer be able to provide this level of care and support.
While there have certainly been numerous agencies across the country that have folded under this financial pressure, technological firms have jumped in to find more cost effective ways to help those in need.
One such aspect where technology is helping is for those who need medical services and monitoring in their home. Instead of requiring nursing home care around the clock, a visiting nurse can come in and check the client’s stats, enter that information into a tablet, and the doctor can remotely monitor progress.
As reported by Rajiv Mathur in the Sunday Guardian Live blog, How technology can play a role in home healthcare services:
“Other important aspects to note are that services being delivered at home for Critical Care are in remote places as compared to a centralized facility in a hospital. While Home Healthcare increases the focus on the patient, it has been recognized that monitoring of services at these remote locations can be achieved through implementation of technologies. Data can flow through a network connecting these remote locations to hubs of centralized facilities where patient specific dashboards can be created and shared with relevant stakeholders in the ecosystem. The most effective model for delivering Critical Care at home is an integrated approach that involves the hospital, physician/the treating doctor, nursing and care staff at home and the family members of the patient.”
Technology is also seeking a way to help seniors and disabled clients in need find reliable services. There are several ways in which technology will likely continue providing options and opportunities to reduce cost or, at the least, help people have access to care, but it can only go so far. It is simply not capable of replacing the personal support experienced caregivers can offer.
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