ADVACARE RECEIVES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESPIRATORY CARE

Pittsburgh, PA – For the third consecutive year, a Pittsburgh home health care provider has been nationally recognized for continuing excellence in providing quality respiratory services to its patients.

AdvaCare Home Services received the 2015 Quality Respiratory Care Recognition award
for exceptional quality respiratory standards and patient care by The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

AdvaCare President Tammy Zelenko attributes the distinction to the “respiratory team’s continuous commitment to provide outstanding clinical care and education to our patients.”

The award is bestowed upon the top respiratory care companies. The AARC started the award program in 2003 to help consumers make informed choices about their health care. The program initially enrolled hospitals that agreed to uphold patient safety by adhering to strict criteria governing respiratory care services. Home health organizations and long-term care facilities were subsequently added to the program.

AdvaCare is a home medical equipment and respiratory company that has been in the durable medical equipment field since 1996. It recently launched a Patient Partner Program http://www.advacarehsppp.com that’s getting recognition across the country. A feature story detailing the program was recently picked up online by nearly 1,500 media outlets with a combined audience of nearly 60 million.

The program aims to help reduce the overall healthcare costs for patients by reducing the number of readmissions, emergency room visits, and additional health complications that can occur during the hospital-to-home transition. It is accountable with helping to bridge the gap in care with lowering hospital readmission penalties while providing better outcomes for patients.

Building a Better Bridge from Hospital to Home Health Care

There are many things that American health care professionals do well, but transitioning patients from hospital to home still isn’t one of them.
From anxiety about at-home care to confusion with instructions and medications, to lack of appropriate equipment, coupled with little to no communication between doctors and patients, it’s no wonder that hospital readmission rates remain at an all-time high, according to a 2012 report from the Alliance of Community Health Plans.

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INNOVATIVE HEALTHCARE PROGRAM SAVING LIVES AND MONEY

A Pittsburgh healthcare services company today announced an innovative program that reduces healthcare costs while helping save lives.
AdvaCare Home Services, Inc. launched the Patient Partner Program to help hospitals and practices meet the goals and needs of patients in this new era of healthcare.
“By becoming and advocate for both patients and physicians, AdvaCare has found a way to bridge treatment for patients from hospital to home and help reduce overall healthcare costs,” AdvaCare Home Services President Tammy Zelenko said.

The Patient Partner Program was created on a foundation of trust and patient advocacy, with five pillars in place supporting the program. The pillars are customized clinical care, patient advocacy, clinical respiratory programs, technology and innovation, and outcomes and reporting.
By becoming the eyes and ears in the field for physicians and hospitals, the Patient Partner Program is able to bridge the gap in care in two ways. The first is through continuous monitoring of patients utilizing cutting-edge technology, and the second is through detailed, individualized patient care plans and in-home assessments.
The program aims to help reduce the overall healthcare costs for patients by reducing the number of readmissions, emergency room visits, and additional health complications that can occur during the hospital-to-home transition. It is accountable with lowering hospital readmission penalties while providing better outcomes for patients.

“The program offers physicians and doctors an additional route that helps save lives and money,” Zelenko said. “The focus is not only to help patients adjust to their diagnoses, but to make life-style changes, and educate them on their chronic diseases. Through this level of dedication, AdvaCare is helping hospitals avoid costly readmission penalties allowing more involved patients to better manage their healthcare,” she added.

One example of how the Patient Partner Program works is when a patient is referred to AdvaCare Home Services for oxygen needs they are enrolled in the Advacare Advantage program. The program gives the patient respiratory clinical support during the critical 30-day post-discharge period through multiple contacts with a respiratory therapist in the home and on the phone. This ensures that the patient is maintaining their treatment plan and progressing toward their goals. Patients are also evaluated with overnight oximetry and physicians are quickly alerted to any clinical concerns and actions by the respiratory staff.

AdvaCare Home Services is a locally owned home medical equipment and respiratory company that has been in the durable medical equipment field since 1996. It is a leading provider of many services such as oxygen for home or travel, sleep therapy, ambulatory, and home safety equipment.

AdvaCare’s Patient Partner Program is innovative patient-centered care that is clinically proven to reduce and control healthcare costs, one patient at a time. The Patient Partner Program provides a level of unprecedented care and results in cost savings by engaging patients through education, assessment and coaching.

For more information about AdvaCare’s Patient Partner Program, please visit http://www.advacarehsppp.com to view the informational videos.

INNOVATIVE HEALTHCARE PROGRAM SAVING LIVES AND MONEY

PITTSBURGH, January 17, 2015 – A Pittsburgh healthcare services company today announced an innovative program that reduces healthcare costs while helping save lives.
AdvaCare Home Services, Inc. launched the Patient Partner Program to help hospitals and practices meet the goals and needs of patients in this new era of healthcare.
“By becoming and advocate for both patients and physicians, AdvaCare has found a way to bridge treatment for patients from hospital to home and help reduce overall healthcare costs,” AdvaCare Home Services President Tammy Zelenko said.

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