Currently, a person with end-stage renal disease is often treated in a hospital environment, nursing home, or specialty clinic. Depending on the condition, they may be in hospice to receive support as their kidneys fail. Due to a recent executive order signed by President Trump on July 10, patients dealing with this serious health condition may soon be able to receive dialysis and other essential supports at home.
This executive order is designed to help healthcare professionals and the industry itself to seek improved outcomes instead of merely providing services to support patients.
As reported by mHealth Intelligence in its news blog, Could Trump’s Kidney Disease Order Push Telehealth, mHealth Adoption? written by Eric Wicklund:
“The executive order, signed on July 10, aims to change how the nation’s healthcare system treats end-stage renal disease, and how providers are reimbursed for that care. As such, it opens the door to, among other things, home-based dialysis programs that use remote patient monitoring technology for care management and transplant programs that use telehealth to improve organ procurement and post-operative recovery.
The goal, officials say, is to incentivize the healthcare industry to improve outcomes, rather than simply paying them for services rendered.”
One of the major benefits that can be found within this executive order involves financial incentives for companies to provide dialysis in the home rather than in a hospital environment.
This may open a pathway for more telemedicine options where patients can be monitored remotely while they remain home instead of being in a hospital bed and having nurses check in regularly.
Nearly 30 million Americans are dealing with some type of chronic kidney disease. Well more than half a million are experiencing kidney failure. Telemedicine offers an alternative from direct, in person care.
Providing doctors and nurses an opportunity to remotely monitor patients who are receiving care at home gives them a chance to stay current with the patient’s blood pressure and other vital signs, which is an essential component of adequate care when it comes to end-stage renal failure.
This executive order may also provide a pathway for nephrologists and nephrology nurses to better coordinate care for a patient at home, thus reducing the number of office visits required.
While this may not directly impact the home care industry, the more opportunities people have to remain home while they deal with serious health issues, the more it can help their emotional outlook, which can directly impact physical health in many ways.
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