Better Home Care Services can Reduce Hospital Costs

2 July 2009 (Last Updated July 2nd, 2009 18:30)

Investing in better home-based care services can reduce inpatient hospital admissions and reduce healthcare costs, a new survey in the US revealed. The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), in partnership with the non-profit Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, conducted a Massachusetts-w

Investing in better home-based care services can reduce inpatient hospital admissions and reduce healthcare costs, a new survey in the US revealed.

The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), in partnership with the non-profit Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, conducted a Massachusetts-wide survey and consulted physicians in 12 specialities.

Home health services help physicians better manage patient care at home, according to 97% of respondents. In addition, 89% said that the services could reduce inpatient hospital admissions.

Other benefits include reduced stress on healthcare providers, improved coordination and fewer visits to emergency departments, the MMS survey said.

Administrative responsibilities, reimbursement issues and lack of access to services were reported to be the main barriers in using these services.