The Goal Of Home Health Care

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The goal of home health care is to offer cost effective patient-centered care for patients recuperating from an acute condition, managing a chronic condition, rehabilitative episode, or supporting a severe mental illness. Over the years the United States has fell in and out of favor with utilizing home health care and the public polices directly reflects the sentiments of the era. Are we returning to the roots of home health care in the United States? With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and inclusion of Triple Aim, the pendulum is once again swaying toward including home health providers as a means of optimizing health care for Americans. Triple Aim is a concept-developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) that focuses on “improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita cost of heath care.” (IHI triple aim) Using home health will help achieve the goal of Triple Aim. Home health will work with patients by assessing the right care at the right time while closely monitoring patient’s status to analyze where on the continuum of health the patient will receive the appropriate level of care
Throughout the history of the delivery of health care in the United States, support for home health care is directly related to policies of the era. Early in the history of the United States home health care was a mainstay. Physicians commonly made house calls until the 1930s. (AAFP) Post Civil War,…

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