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Partnership to Aid Patients at Botsford Hospital, Botsford Commons

The Farmington Hills hospital works with Residential Home Health to improve support for patients as they move home or to a care facility.

Botsford Hospital and Residential Home Health have formed a collaborative partnership to better serve the patients of Botsford Hospital and Botsford Commons Senior Community.

This partnership will focus on improving the support and education of patients and their families as patients transfer from the hospital to the skilled nursing facility or home, as well as improving the quality and timeliness of information shared with health care providers, including physicians, hospital and nursing home clinical staff, EMS teams and home health care providers.

Botsford and Residential intend to share patients’ up-to-date health status information, which will help to bring the most appropriate clinical resources to patients. The goal is to improve patient care transitions by providing more nursing support to patients and their families to prepare them as they move from one health care setting to another. Also planned are efforts to leverage Botsford’s leadership in emergency medicine, innovating service delivery and reducing utilization as patients access emergency medical services.

“Nationally, nearly one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days, translating to 2.6 million seniors at a cost of more than $26 billion each year,” said Paul E. LaCasse, D.O., MPH, president and CEO of Botsford Health Care.

“Working with Residential Home Health, Botsford Hospital and Botsford Commons Senior Community are developing programs to ensure safe and effective patient transition from one health care setting to another. For patients with serious and complex illnesses, transitions in care settings often result in miscommunications, poor coordination of services and a rise in preventable adverse effects. We will be providing patients and families with additional support, education, choice and access to a full array of quality services that assure our patients the independence, health and quality of life they deserve. Sub-acute rehabilitation program success from the patient’s perspective is a successful return to home,” LaCasse added.

“Reducing avoidable hospital readmissions is better for everyone especially patients and their family, but also for hospitals, post-acute care facilities and insurance companies. Residential is honored to be selected by the Botsford team to work with them on innovating the delivery of services to their patients and helping to manage post-acute risk for all associated providers,” said David Curtis, president, Residential Home Health.

Source: Botsford Hospital press release

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