Depending on where a person lives, they may have better access to in-home care support services. Some private organizations are finding that outsourcing in-home care support can be a more lucrative option than offering these services in-house.
For example, hospitals, under increasing pressure from the federal government to reduce their readmission rates, have numerous options. One of those options is to partner with or simply offer referrals to home care agencies operating within the region.
By helping patients have adequate access to physical, emotional, and medical care at home, it can help to reduce risks such as these. Other organizations, including those that provide hospice services, may also understand that outsourcing means they can focus on their core services while also continuing to provide valuable options for their clients.
In Iowa, one such health company, Mahaska Health Partnership announced that its home health and behavioral health care will soon be outsourced to other local organizations.
As noted by The Oskaloosa Herald in the news article, MHP outsourcing behavioral, home health care, written by Angie Holland:
“According to a press release from Mahaska Health Partnership, [Mahaska Health Partnership CEO, Kevin] DeRonde said keeping comprehensive services in the community is important to the Mahaska Health mission.
“Behavioral health services will continue to be offered on our campus,” he said via press release. “Partnering with local, patient-centered organizations that have focused areas of expertise in behavioral health and home health will improve our ability work together to serve our patients and their families.”
Southern Iowa Mental Health Center, according to the press release, will also work with the Oskaloosa Community School District and the Mahaska County Jail.”
These other organizations offer essentially the same services that Mahaska Health Partnership does. Mahaska will still provide these services in Mahaska County, but they are outsourcing these services to other counties.
This may be one way to help alleviate cost, especially as it pertains to travel and other related expenses. According to DeRonde, continuity of care is still going to be an essential component as they make their transition.
The organization did not make it clear whether some employees would be losing their jobs at MHP. Some hospice services will still be done by the hospital, but patients will have an option of choosing the nurse with whom they will work and be able to receive these services at home.
By choosing local providers, it can offer better flexibility and access to these services when they are needed most.