The Key Benefits of Care Coordination in Home Health Services

There are many reasons your patients would choose a coordinated care plan. They may need more constant home care based on comorbidities and risk levels. Their health condition may require a team of specialists. Whatever the situation, coordinated care helps your agency provide a higher quality of care for patients. But the benefits of care coordination also extend to your agency, helping you avoid duplicating efforts or even missing key services that could negatively impact patients. 

1. Enhanced Patient Care Through Coordination

Coordinated care offers a continuum of care for patients between providers. Your team shares information and care plans with other healthcare providers, which allows your patients to receive consistent treatments based on their health goals. 

Without effective communication, care can become fragmented, which is often frustrating for patients. A specialist may not fully understand why a patient has come to see them, or they may not have essential information from primary care providers. As a result, the patient may have to explain their symptoms multiple times or go through similar tests more than once. Using a care manager to coordinate services avoids these silos. 

2. Improved Communication and Coordination Among Healthcare Providers

Patient-centered care is based on effective communication. Because every provider, from primary care physicians to specialists to home health caregivers, has access to the same electronic medical records, they can be sure the patient is receiving appropriate treatments for their health conditions.

When you’re treating high-risk patients with multiple comorbidities, they will likely see multiple providers. The goal of care coordination is to ensure that each of these providers has accurate and up-to-date information that will allow them to offer the most effective care. 

3. Reduced Hospitalizations and Readmissions

The healthcare industry has been researching how care coordination can improve health outcomes. One study showed that effective care coordinators can significantly reduce readmissions. Coordination allows you and your care team to treat patients based on standardized, real-time data. You can access notes from other providers, see important information such as wound progression, and adjust patient care activities as needed. 

This information helps you prevent conditions from escalating to the point where a patient needs to be admitted to the hospital. 

4. Reduced Healthcare Costs

Coordinated care not only reduces hospitalizations and readmissions, it also helps eliminate redundancy. Specialists don’t have to run tests that a patient’s primary care physician has already run. Coordination also plays a key role in value-based care in which healthcare agencies are rewarded for positive outcomes.

By improving overall care quality, reducing redundant diagnostics, and lowering hospitalization and readmission rates, insurance providers have seen a significant reduction in the cost of care.  

Leverage Technology for Efficient Coordination

Data management and document sharing are two important components of effective care coordination. WorldView’s all-in-one efficiency hub offers everything you need to coordinate care for each of your patients. 

With our solution, your team can share and access patient documents easily while maintaining HIPAA compliance. They can work with the data they need to effectively manage care plans. Our solution works on mobile devices, allowing your care team to update patient records on site and share notes. 

Start your team on the path to successfully coordinating care. Call us today to learn more.

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