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Guest column: Nashville’s health care community can drive change — and it’s overdue

Nashville Business Journal, September 28, 2022 It’s safe to say the health care policymakers, industry leaders and influencers who spoke at this year’s Leadership Health Care delegation to Washington, D.C., challenged Nashville to step up. The group of nearly 50 health care leaders who traveled to the nation’s capital on Sept. 19 and 20 heard perspectives on key health policy and political matters, as well as clear calls to action. Here are a few key takeaways and highlights from the two-day event. Click here to read the full article.

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Hospices Can Adapt Health System, ACO Strategies on Community Partnerships

Hospice News, September 22, 2022 Hospices seeking to build stronger relationships with other community-based organizations may be able to adapt some of the strategies that health systems and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have implemented. These community partnerships have become a key strategy to address social determinants of health, improve health equity, and educate the public about hospice and palliative care. The work done through these relationships can help patients stay in their homes and foster greater interest in hospice among the public. Click here to read the full article.

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“I didn’t even know such a thing existed.”

Although Carmen had a history of chronic respiratory problems and was no stranger to hospital stays, when she went to the emergency room at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in early July for breathing trouble, she had quite the unexpected experience.  “I stayed at the hospital for one night, Monday night,” she remembers. “Around 3:00 pm on Tuesday they offered for me to go home.” The offer was for admission to the Gundersen Home Hospital program, which allows eligible patients to complete their hospital care in the comfort and convenience of their home.   “I said, ‘why me?’ and they explained that…

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Understanding Hospital Care at Home

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the challenges of providing adequate resources to patients who need inpatient hospital admission. To meet these challenges, health systems and health plans are turning to alternative approaches that deliver high-quality care outside the four walls of the hospital, while at the same time ensuring it is safe and affordable.  One solution at the forefront of this objective is hospital care at home. This care modality has evolved to meet the increasing demand for accessible acute care, by bringing hospital-level care to the home. Simply put, hospital care at home offers medical services in the home…

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Understanding Patients’ Health Through Social Factors and Habits at Home

At home, we are our whole selves. At a hospital, we might barely be half.   To provide the most comprehensive and high-quality care that treats the whole person we must focus on elements of care that are usually not visible from within hospital walls.   The most important way Contessa addresses these social determinants of health is the setting of care—the home. The home environment expands providers’ ability to interact with patients and better understand their health behaviors.  It may seem obvious that providing care in the home gives providers a better window into their patients’ lives. But what might be…

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Why Nursing Home Operators Shouldn’t Fear SNF-at-Home — At Least For Now

Skilled Nursing News, September 8, 2022 Skilled nursing operators shouldn’t be scared of losing market share to the shift to home trend, including SNF-at-home – at least not in the near-term. Instead, operators need to look at shifts to home-based care as an opportunity to diversify business lines in the future, as patient preference, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and technology advancements make SNF-at-home an increasingly viable option. Click here to read the full article.

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“I was glad to go home.”

At 91 years young, Gene knew that feeling lightheaded and “woozy”, along with having difficulty breathing, was cause for concern. He went to the emergency room at Chandler Regional Medical Center where he was diagnosed with influenza and possible underlying COPD.  A week after being admitted to the hospital he was feeling much better, but still needed breathing treatments and medical care. When he was presented with the option of returning home to complete his care, he says, “I was glad to go home.”  Gene was part of the Dignity Health Home Recovery Care program. He was sent home with…

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Why Rehabilitation Care is Best Done at Home 

There was a time when the only option for additional care after a hospital stay was to be transferred to a rehab or skilled nursing facility (or SNF). Contessa’s Rehabilitation Care at Home model changes that by offering a safe and effective alternative to the traditional skilled nursing facility stay. With this program, patients can return home and receive the same high-quality rehabilitation care they would receive in a facility.  Our care teams are designed and equipped to restore patients’ health while coordinating all the services, doctors, and other specialists that they need for up to 60 days. Patients who…

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Position Spotlight: Recovery Care Coordinator

Chris began his career in the medical field as a registered nurse serving patients in the Cardiac Care Step-Down Unit where he provided care to individuals transitioning out of the ICU who require additional care and attention. He then worked as a Critical Care Registered Nurse providing care to patients in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit before landing his role as a Recovery Care Coordinator (RCC) with Contessa at Prisma Health Home Recovery Care.  Chris enjoys spending time with his family and friends and is passionate about staying active, fit and healthy.  What does an RCC do at Contessa? In…

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Mount Sinai expands home health services

Becker’s Healthcare Review, August 3, 2022 New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System and Contessa, a home-based care provider, expanded their partnership Aug. 2 by combining the system’s home health agency into their existing joint venture. The home health agency will be called Mount Sinai at Home and will offer services that include home health, hospitalization at home, rehabilitation at home and palliative care at home, according to an Aug. 2 news release. “This new initiative accelerates our strategic goal of delivering a continuum of home-based care to more Mount Sinai patients,” Aaron Stein, chief operating officer at Contessa, said in the…

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