Virtual Care: Transforming the Way We See Our Providers

How Virtual Care Enhances the Quality of Life – “Quality of life” is a term used frequently when discussing someone’s vision of their current and future state. The CDC acknowledges it is challenging to measure the term “quality of life” as this can be defined differently by nearly every individual, group, organization, and academic discipline. Health is one of the key dimensions of overall QOL, along with jobs, housing, schools, and neighborhoods, culture, values, and spirituality.

Addressing Staffing Shortages with Virtual Care – The aging of baby boomers means that older population segments will outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. According to Jonathan Vespa, a demographer with the U.S. Census Bureau, “there will be 78.0 million people 65 years and older compared to 76.7 million (previously 76.4 million) under the age of 18” by 2035. By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65 and 1 in every 5 residents will be retirement age.

How Virtual Care Can Impact the Institutional vs. Community Referral Stream – PDGM is top of mind for home health agencies as the Rule Changes will take place in 2020. As part of the preparations, many agency executives are beginning to evolve agency processes and practices which leverage their strengths as they related to PDGM’s changes. Under the PDGM, each 30-day period is classified into one of two admission source categories – Community or Institutional – depending on what healthcare setting was utilized in the 14 days prior to home health admission.

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