Aides can be an integral part of preventing hospitalizations, but they are often left out of an agency’s interdisciplinary team.
A new, free online course from the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign will help educate aides about how to reduce avoidable hospitalizations.
The one-hour course presents a great opportunity for agencies to engage aides within their scope of practice, says Misty Kevech, RN project coordinator for HHQI.
Course materials were provided by Quality Insights, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization supporting the HHQI National Campaign.
The goal is to help lessen a longtime problem for home health agencies.
While agencies have made drastic improvements in many Home Health Compare measures over the past five years, the percentage of patients who needed urgent, unplanned care in the hospital emergency room without being admitted actually increased to 12.9% in July 2018, data show.
And the nationwide score on the Home Health Compare item involving patients having to be admitted to the hospital remains roughly 16%.