Now that hospitals are being held responsible for what happens to a discharged patient, health care providers are beginning to use higher level clinicians—even physicians—to make home visits for high-risk patients. Two healthcare systems are developing and deploying home-based care transition programs to improve post-discharge care outreach.
It used to be that hospitals behaved like restaurants. Once a patron eats a meal and pays their bill, they walk out the door and the restaurant’s responsibility to provide a great product and service ends. In today’s regulatory environment, however, patient care doesn’t end when a patient checks out of the hospital.
No health care provider ever wants to see a patient return to the ER or their office due to complications from a prior illness. But emergency room rebounding and hospital readmissions happen, and it’s up to healthcare leaders to understand how and why to fix the problem.