Hospital Home Health Lifts Burdens off Physicians
Caring for elderly patients who suffer from chronic illnesses and check in and out of the hospital can be challenging. North Kansas City Hospital recognizes that primary care physicians want to offer the compassion and care that patients need but avoid repeated phone calls and office visits and finding their patients in the emergency room.
To alleviate these extra pressures, physicians can refer to North Kansas City Hospital Home Health, an agency that provides a wide range of top quality services right in your patients’ homes. Importantly, Medicare compensates physicians for managing North Kansas City Hospital Home Health patients.
High-quality nursing care
Home Health provides therapy and nursing care services to patients in Clay, Platte, Jackson and Ray counties every day, including weekend and holidays. It also offers an on-call team on nights and holidays so trained nurses can field questions that patients would otherwise direct to their primary care physicians.
Unlike many home care agencies, the nurses and therapists in our Home Health program are Hospital employees. This offers patients the additional advantage of more highly trained and skilled nurses, as well as consistency of care.
Consistency leads to better health outcomes for patients and Hospital readmission rates are lower. Our high level of care saves countless hours of physician time. That’s just one reason why more than 1,700 physicians have collaborated with Home Health on their patients’ care.
Easy referrals and patient management
The Hospital makes it easy for you to refer patients who need Home Health services. North Kansas City Hospital Home Health is equipped to perform patient intake and admissions every day – even on weekends. That way, patients who are being discharged from the Hospital experience no lapse in services. A call to 816-691-1358 day or night will start the referral process.
The North Kansas City Hospital Home Health staff works together with you to develop a plan of care that is tailored to each one of your patients. You have one primary contact person – a case manager -who can report to you on a regular basis to update you on patient progress and can implement changes to the care plan.
Often, patients are elderly and need support for conditions such as:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Complex wounds
North Kansas City Hospital Home Health also provides in-home falls prevention screenings to help evaluate your patients’ risk for falling and offer recommendations. Since falls send nearly 2 million seniors each year into the hospital and nearly half happen in or around the home, prevention and intervention measures can help avoid these problems. Physicians can feel more confident about their patients’ safety knowing North Kansas City Hospital Home Health will be there to provide protection.
Physician compensation through Medicare
Our staff works with primary care physicians to educate you on how to receive compensation from Medicare for managing patients who meet certain standards. These standards include:
- Needing care from a nurse, physical therapist or speech therapist, but not 24-hour or daily care
- Rarely leave their homes because it is too difficult
- Having a primary care physician who will give medical orders
- Being 18 years old or older
Primary care physicians can bill Medicare directly for managing patients who receive Home Health care services. This educational flyer describes the Medicare requirements for physician billing. You can use the following Health Care Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes:
Or CPT Codes:
North Kansas City Hospital Home Health offers a wide range of in-home services. These services include:
- Nursing, including health assessments, helping patients understand their illness and medications, taking samples for lab tests, changing wound dressings, nutritional counseling, and IV and ostomy management
- Personal care, such as dressing and bathing
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech and language therapy
- Social services or counseling
In addition, North Kansas City Hospital Home Health nurses have specialized training in:
- Medical/surgical nursing
- Exercise for the aging
- Wound care
- Falls prevention
Home Health agency stats:
- Opened: August 1994
- Employees: 88
- Accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans
Home Health earns high patient ratings
North Kansas City Hospital Home Health has been serving the Kansas City community, including Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Ray counties, for more than 15 years. North Kansas City Hospital Home Health receives high ratings from a variety of national patient surveys and care quality rankings. These include:
- Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS): According to this national, standardized survey of consumer opinion of hospital care, 90 percent of North Kansas City Hospital Home Health patients would recommend the agency’s services.
- Medicare.gov: Data from this website shows that the Hospital’s Home Health agency ranked highest in the area in treating patients’ pain and heart failure symptoms, keeping them out of the hospital, and teaching them about their medications.
- HomeCare Elite: A ranking of the most successful home care providers in the United States consistently lists North Kansas City Hospital Home Health in the top 25 percent of agencies on performance.
North Kansas City Hospital Home Health is also licensed by the state of Missouri, certified by Medicare, and accredited by the Joint Commission, which accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations across the United States.