The new world of home health will center around hospital-at-home, SNF-at-home, experts say

by Liza BergerThe pandemic has helped to give rise to innovative models such as hospital-at-home and skilled nursing facility (SNF)-at-home. But to be part of these programs, home health agencies need to prepare. That is according to a home care CEO and a technology expert, who spoke Tuesday at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s Financial Management Conference.The pandemic helped to rapidly accelerate the trend toward home care, said Charles McDonough, CEO of Interim HealthCare of the Upstate, of Greenville, SC.It was the “fortunate and unfortunate black swan” in terms of what needed to occur in healthcare, he said.The focus on total cost of care, evolving patient preferences, data and artificial intelligence, the adoption of virtual care and improved triage of patients are all helping to shift care into the home, he said.Home care in the future will be a hybrid model in which virtual care will complement on-site care, said Joseph Brence, head of home and community ...

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