Percentage of patients who had to be admitted to the hospitalWhat It Means
Some inpatient hospital care may be avoided if the home health staff is doing a good job at checking your health condition at each visit to detect problems early. They also need to check how well you are eating, drinking, and taking your medicines, and how safe your home is. Home health staff must coordinate your care. This involves communicating regularly with you, your informal caregivers, your doctor, and anyone else who provides care for you.
Why It Is Important
Patients may need to go into the hospital while they are getting home health care. In some instances, this may not be avoidable even with good home health care. For instance, some illnesses are not curable and, over time, will make your health worse. For some patients, a readmission to the hospital may be a planned part of continuing treatment for their medical conditions.