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Higher Growth in Discharges to Home Health Than to SNF

Recent trends strongly indicate a shift in health care in the United States as the use of home health services are expanding rapidly.  The article below underscores this trend by presenting data demonstrating that discharges from hospitals to home health are increasing proportionately higher than those discharged to skilled nursing facilities since the beginning of the pandemic. 

By Joyce Famakinwa

At the height of the COVID-19 emergency, in-patient hospital volumes fell, with skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and home health providers experiencing similar downturns. While home health providers began to see a turnaround in June, the same can’t (continue reading)

How Mayo Clinic Got Buy-In for a Plan to Reduce Hospital Stays

This article supports the notion that multidisciplinary collaboration in conjunction with improved processes produce better clinical outcomes, higher patient satisfaction, and reduced healthcare costs.  Patients residing in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware who are eligible to heal at home must utilize a care coordinating service operating within a local network to experience the highest quality of care.  Sena Health’s coordination services and technology effectively eliminates the typical siloed structure in healthcare often responsible for inefficient care.

By David W. Larson

Shorter hospital stays after surgery lead to fewer complications and better outcomes. But building a faster pathway home requires every member of the health care team to work together with more efficient protocols. That is why a decade ago Mayo Clinic’s colorectal surgery (continue reading)

Hospital-at-home programs skyrocket during pandemic

To free up beds and protect vulnerable patients, many hospitals are sending patients home with IVs, EKG devices, and other mainstays of acute care. How does “hospital at home” work, and what’s next for this model of care?

In addition to the reduced costs, fewer readmissions, and lower mortality rates that have been demonstrated by hospital at home programs across the United States, advances in technology have expanded the scope of care for such models.  The article below provides strong support for the continued expansion of at-home medical services in the future.  This growing healthcare trend is becoming more prevalent throughout New Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area.

A provider with Atrium Health delivers oxygen, IV medications, and other services to a patient in their home. The program has helped more than 17,000 people during the pandemic.
Courtesy: Atrium Health

By Stacy Weiner

Paul Levine is a survivor. The retired accountant beat leukemia a few years ago, he has long lived with diabetes, and he managed to make it through (continue reading)

Coronavirus: Virtual Hospital at Home Program Used for Low-Acuity Patients

The article below discusses the success of a virtual hospital at home program used to treat low-acuity coronavirus patients. It is important to note that the traditional hospital at home (HaH) model, in contrast to the virtual hospital at home, offers a broader scope of care as it includes physical visits by clinicians, infusion specialists, and other care providers requiring physical interactions and equipment use in the home. As more HaH programs continue to demonstrate their success across the country, it is no surprise why more individuals throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania are turning toward such models care.

By Christopher Cheney

Low-acuity coronavirus patients can be safely monitored remotely at home.


A Continued Focus on Customer Service is Becoming Essential in Telehealth

The article below focuses on the increasing need for digital health companies to create a patient-centric approach.  To accomplish this, telehealth operators must facilitate all communication between doctors and patients as well as coordinate the delivery of services.  Sena Health’s tech platform and coordination services produce the efficiency required for the most effective holistic approach to at-home care.

Telehealth customer service @srbalan via Twenty20

By Brad Birnbaum

As the consumerization of healthcare puts greater focus on the patient experience, patients will continue to demand frequent and convenient interactions with their healthcare provider. For this reason, telehealth is quickly becoming mainstream, with (continue reading)

Mass General Brigham’s Dr. Joe Kvedar explains why seniors are ripe for telehealth

Dr. Kvedar will be on a panel at Accelerate Health next week discussing the future of telemedicine.

The article below discusses how seniors are well-suited for the benefits of at-home care as they are highly proficient in using the technology required for virtual care and telehealth.  In the wake of the pandemic, many individuals have increased their familiarity with the technologies needed to operate such digital health tools as virtual visits and mobile application use has risen markedly.  Today, more seniors living in and around the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area are choosing to receive care at home thanks to the use of digital health technologies.

By Laura Lovett

This year, most of the healthcare focus has been centered on the coronavirus crisis. However, as the population continues to age, over the next few decades senior (continue reading)

Telehealth Should Be Expanded—If It Can Address Today’s Health Care Challenges

The article below discusses the fundamentals necessary for optimizing the value of telehealth.  As noted below, these include safe, timely, efficient, and patient-centered approaches, which are achieved through strategic coordination.  Sena Health’s tech platform and coordination efforts streamline the delivery of healing at home services throughout the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania as well as the surrounding region.   

By Shantanu Agrawal  & Tejal Gandhi

Telehealth use has achieved what Stephen Jay Gould, in evolutionary terms, called punctuated equilibrium. It has emerged from relative stasis to rapid growth, and the main reason for this change is the use of telehealth as a primary response to (continue reading)

CMS Announces $165M to Support Home Care, Reduce ‘America’s Over-Reliance’ on Nursing Homes

The growing recognition of the benefits of at-home care in New Jersey and throughout the nation can be observed with recent changes in CMS policies and coverage options.  The article below discusses the recently announced CMS supplemental funding offered to states in an effort to encourage a transition from nursing homes toward home-based care.

By Robert Holly

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took a new step on Wednesday to support care transitions from long-term care facilities into home- and community-based settings. (continue reading)

Yes, It’s Possible to Care Safely for Frail Seniors in Their Homes

The COVID-19 pandemic has hastened efforts geared toward enabling many of New Jersey’s frail, elderly and disabled people to receive the medical and social care they need in the safety of their home.  The article below highlights such efforts by discussing how PACE, or Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, has implemented telehealth and other virtual tools to make this possible.  Sena Health’s tech platform and coordination of services can enable individuals throughout New Jersey to receive high-quality care at home.

Clockwise, from top left: Pinni Friedman, Jill Viggiano, Christine Lesicko and Michael DiBiase

By Jill Viggiano and Michael DiBiase and Christine Lesicko and Pinni Friedman

As New Jersey’s population ages, keeping the frail elderly safe in their homes is a growing challenge — one that has been made all too clear by the COVID-19 crisis. Already, (continue reading)

Medical And Long-Term Care Services Are Moving From Facilities To Seniors’ Homes

Registered nurse Stephen Van Dyke takes the blood pressure of Estella Rangel, 89, while on a home health care visit. (Photo by John Moore/ Getty Images)

By Howard Gleckman

Changes in technology, new government payment models, managed care, and consumer preferences all are shifting services for frail older adults and younger people with disabilities from facilities to home. These models will create new options for consumers (continue reading)