Home Health and Hospice in 2021
As we take on 2021 and the third wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, this is a time that will drive change, test capabilities, and possibly, transform the home care and hospice industry. Professionals must come together to navigate the future. It’s time to identify challenges, innovate, and exceed expectations.
There is a greater role to play for home-based care and health workers, and alongside them for the clinical back-end support agencies – in dealing with the pandemic in a robust way. Now more than ever, home-based care is the innovative forefront of providing care as a way to keep those most vulnerable to the virus at home, while receiving the care that they need under the compassionate, qualified, and watchful eye of a home care professionals.
The need for home-based care is at an all-time high, and it will only grow. Here are a few major trends that we will see in home health and hospice in 2021.
More people opting for care at home
Consumers who have not previously considered hospice and home health care services are making the shift to home-based support, as it reduces burden on caregivers, provides immediate access to their care team, and helps them maintain independence while healing in the comfort of their home.
Higher quality, reduced costs
The value of care delivered at home will be on full display in 2021 and beyond. As the shifting of health care services into the home setting continues to rise, it will facilitate and accelerate the ongoing effort to reduce health care costs while still delivering quality outcomes.
Efficient and effective care
Physicians are starting to introduce the delivery of hospital-level, skilled nursing care right at home. Given the increased risks of receiving care in the hospital or facility setting , more patients are being referred into home-based models. Home visits, virtual care, and remote-monitoring technology are significant factors in delivering safe and effective care.
Investment in human capital
In order to succeed, the most significant investment to be made lies in people –including recruitment, talent management, clinical education, and professional development. There is a ever-increasing need to help clinicians and staff prepare for and cope with the challenges that will arise while they are engaged in providing care for their patients.
A new generation of medical and nursing professionals
People recognized the role of healthcare professionals as we watched them in action during the pandemic. This is going to result in increased enrollment in doctoral, therapeutic, and nursing programs everywhere.
Even though we may not see these new recruits on the front lines immediately, they’re sure to bring a fresh perspective to home health care after living through a global pandemic.
Back to basics
As we look to 2021, clear communication and adaptability at every level of care delivery will become the key to success. It’s important to be able to gauge the environment, adjust quickly, and expand capabilities. The ability to address a multitude of patients’ needs will be of prime significance.
Booming growth in the technology sector focused on tools like wearables and Internet of Things will permanently transform the delivery of care to patients. These developments will allow real-time patient and provider access and the ability to provide care solutions that respond to patients’ conditions in a way that closely resembles a “hospital at home.”
A bigger force
As the pressure on home health and hospice rises, doctors and agencies need to gear up by partnering with clinical back-end solutions to provide support with high quality clinician documentation, coding and billing, and RCM – thereby giving service providers room to focus on providing compassionate care for clients.
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