GuidedCare improves much including cost of health insurance

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GuidedCare, a program for older chronically ill patients, has been studied again; this time physician satisfaction with communications to patients and families was the focus. Physicians in this study reported an increase in overall general satisfaction levels after using the GuidedCare model. Physicians also showed greater satisfaction in understanding their patients’ clinical characteristics.

Other studies have shown that GuidedCare patients tend to spend less time hospitalized, in nursing homes, fewer emergency room visits and home health incidents as well. Patients feel they are receiving better care and the data supports that impression. Additionally, caregivers feel less strain when participating in GuidedCare programs. The even better news? The cost-savings. For every patient receiving GuidedCare, the estimated savings is about 11% ($1,365, after the cost of GuidedCare), or $75,000 per nurse.

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With so many eyes on health insurance reform, the news continues to be good for the GuidedCare program. Patients want affordable health insurance coverage along with quality health care. Health insurance companies can now offer this model of health care and reduce their costs at the same time, resulting in more affordable health insurance coverage for a growing population of patients with chroni illnesses.

GuidedCare is a home-based program. The model consists of a team of individuals which include a registered nurse, multiple physicians, and other members of office staff who work together. The nurse visits the home and makes assessments, helps care planning, educates the patients and family members, conducts monthly monitoring visits, and coordinates with health care professionals, hospital, pharmacies, and other community agencies to ensure that all health-related needs are being met.

Medicare offers a program with similar functions for not just the aged, but also for anyone who is disabled and fits certain health criteria (necessity levels). States also have programs as well. If interested in enrolling in such a program, ask your doctor or contact your local Health Department for more information.

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