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In Chronic Disease Education, Don’t Forget Your Contracted Therapies. Without Making Them A Part Of The Disease Management Picture, Outcomes Will Suffer.

changeLike many agencies in the United States, you may use contracted therapy services.  It is very important that contracted services are considered no different than employees when it comes to education.  Let’s look at why your chronic disease education is worth the investment to contracted entities.

Promoting Partnerships:

This is a day and age where partnerships are vital to home health survival.  If you do not invest in your therapy partnerships, then how do you they become invested in your success? Chronic disease education can be key here.  Anything that makes your own staff better will also make your therapy better.  So, it only makes sense to extend your educational process out to them.  It allows them to receive better information in caring for patients and will promote communcation with staff.

Streamlines Careplanning:

In chronic disease education, there needs to be a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. Meaning, all disciplines need to work towards the goals of the care plan.  Interventions are going to be different between disciplines, but the majority of the goals should be universal.  This is where the industry still struggles.  When you work with contracted staff to understand the link for all disicplines together, a visit from a therapist is more than a home exercise plan.  It becomes a coordinated effort to address what is truly meaningful to patient outcomes.

Improves Coordination Of Care:

Your disease education and management program allows the therapists to work proactively with aide staff too.  A contracted therapist may not even feel like the aide has anything to do with them. When, in reality, the therapists can provide specific coordination to improve the content of aide visits as well.  If your therapy staff are part of chronic disease education and your chronic disease management, it will enhance all levels of service.  If therapy staff needs for specific education to be reinforced, nursing should be doing that on visits.  However, if contracted therapy isn’t involved is disease management, it won’t happen. Whether it is something specific to therapy or something nursing needs to have therapy address, coordination of care is more than report.

Patient Outcomes:

If everyone functions toward the same goals, then outcomes will improve.  Goal specific interventions completed by all discplines increase the chances of success.  Whether you are part of an ACOs or looking to join one, the outcomes are key to getting referrals. If you don’t see state and national averages on your functional status improvements, you need to take a hard look at your teamwork with therapy.

Ok, So How Do You Make It Happen:

Kenyon Homecare Consulting can help you on chronic disease management and how to shift your agencies work flow to improve outcomes between disciplines. Call us at 206-721-5091 or contact us online for your free consultation.

Category: Chronic Disease Education, Education & Training

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