Of the hundreds of billions of dollars spent every year by Medicare on hospital services, over half of that is spent on the program’s sickest beneficiaries. It’s a number that continues to grow, but OnPointe At Home can help ease the cost of both the program’s spending as a whole and the financial burden for the patient. That is because the costliest beneficiaries include those using acute care services, those with multiple chronic conditions or functional dependencies, those with dual eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid, and those in their last year of life—all of whom are the appropriate target population for palliative care.
Palliative care not only helps improve the quality of the care that is delivered to a patient, but because of how it is delivered, it can prevent hospitalizations or related complications. OnPointe At Home’s palliative care team addresses pain and identifies symptoms for each individual patient and works with that patient and their family to establish goals and customize treatment plans.
According to the National Quality Form and the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, palliative care includes:
- An interdisciplinary team of clinical staff
- Staffing ratios determined by the nature and size of population to be served
- Staff trained, credentialed and/or certified in palliative care
- Access and responsiveness 24/7
We take pride at OnPointe At Home in meeting and exceeding these essential elements.
In addition, OnPointe At Home offers a solution to seniors suffering from COPD and emphysema, providing medical management in a palliative care model including the expertise, innovation and capital needed to help these patients reach their health goals and live a better quality of life.
We’ve provided 10 levels of care for more than 15 years with a statewide network of COPD and emphysema specific programs, including REACT Teams of EMTs, RNs and an RT in the community as well as C-PAP. We employ SNU and over 1,000 transitional assessments as well as the lowest RTS/LOS in a first-in-class facility with analytics across the healthcare spectrum.
The key benefits of the COPD and emphysema partnership include:
- Managed post-acute care with inpatient and community resources to manage acute exacerbations.
- A continuity of care with pulmonary populations and continuing care with pulmonologist/PCP to manage symptoms during office hours, after hours or during acute needs.
- Decreased cost to health plans and Medicare by preventing hospitalizations
The benefits also include partnerships with others or the ability to build and acquire products as needed.
The OnPointe approach to this Medicare program is to provide a home health care team that includes a transitional coach and an on-staff nurse practitioner—something not all home health agencies can provide—to support the patient in developing four important self-care management skills
There are many home health care options available to your patients, but The OnPointe At Home difference is that we are equipped to handle a wide variety of service needs your patient may require, and we specialize in coordinating the proper care for your patients. That is because each nurse on our staff is trained to serve as a transitional coach whose most important role is to get to know the patient and their specific goals and needs to facilitate the best possible care for them.
OnPointe At Home is part of a network of caring professionals all working together towards one common goal—providing comprehensive and exceptional services to our patients. As part of that comprehensive network, providing excellent personal care is our priority, so we’ve built a team to better deliver that level of quality.