Trends in Home Healthcare
The 2008 report of theNational Association for Home care andHospice (NAHC) reflect a continued growth in home healthcare for the disabled and elderly. The report stated over 7 million people received some form of care at home. The 2007 projected cost for home healthcare was $5.7 billion dollars. The updated 2010 report puts the number of people receiving home care at 12 million with 33,000 providers. People with terminal illness, disabled, long-term and acute conditions choose to receive supportive healthcare in their homes rather than a hospital.
As the costs of hospital and medical costs increase the demands on the home-care increase. However, with the increase of gas prices, home healthcare providers may find this a disadvantage. The rural population of people receiving in-home care comes to about one-fourth of the U. S. population. TheNAHC reports several initiatives that need to change.
The trends in home healthcare include increased demands:
- Care providers: licensed nurses, certified care providers
- Client care tracking and service recording
- Long-term healthcare coverage
- Fixed-rate increase by Medicare and Medicaid
- Types of home care: respite, long-term, hospice, and elderly
- Supplies: equipment, transportation, medical, and special needs
- Rise in travel costs for care providers
- Home healthcare agency franchises (increase in profits)
- Seniors choosing to live at home and receive care
- Hospice care training for care providers
As the demand increases for home healthcare a care tracking solution is needed. A software system for recording patient care continues to evolve. Tracking reimbursements, writing visit notes, tracking treatment changes, communications with the doctor, and transporting data simplified. Software advances allow a team of care providers to coordinate treatment with less hassle.
Healthcare agencies and private providers benefit from the use of a comprehensive software that provides a complete system for tracking the financial, client health records, security, and patient relationship management. The trends in the home healthcare industry depend on the demand for care despite the rising costs and fixed-rate payments by Medicare and Medicaid. Another industry with an increase in demand is the client relationship management (CRM) software. The old record keeping software systems are cumbersome, difficult to learn, and unwanted.
The ideal CRM software program will provide a central, streamlined, with ease of access to client records, a short training period and access to great technical support. Before you invest, read the terms and conditions and the technical support options. Good technical support is hard to find.