In an ever-evolving healthcare landscape, healthcare providers and organizations must stay ahead of the curve and proactively address potential gaps in service, care, and reimbursement. Now that Public Health Emergency (PHE) has ended and as we approach the end of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) in December 2024, uncertainty looms regarding future changes. It is imperative to prepare now by implementing a well-designed program for digital care in the home. With the CAA end, understanding the differences and how partnering with Veta Health can help close the gaps and ensure the delivery of high-quality care.
Embracing HIPAA-Compliant Digital Care
One significant change accompanying the end of PHE is the prohibition of using non-HIPAA-related apps such as Skype or FaceTime for healthcare purposes. The shift necessitates adopting secure and compliant digital care solutions to maintain patient privacy and data security. Healthcare providers must leverage innovative technologies designed specifically for the healthcare industry, ensuring seamless communication and care coordination while complying with strict regulatory standards.
Anti-Kickback Protections and Reimbursement
With the termination of anti-kickback protections, providers can no longer waive patient copays or decrease cost-sharing requirements for such devices. It is crucial to collaborate with industry experts who can guide healthcare organizations in standing up reimbursement practices correctly. Veta Health offers comprehensive expertise in navigating complex reimbursement systems, ensuring that providers receive fair compensation while maintaining compliance with regulatory requirements.
Minimizing Hospitalizations and Managing Patients at Home
With the conclusion of the 20% COVID reimbursement increase, healthcare providers are under heightened pressure to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and reduce length of stay (LOS) to effectively manage their profits. To address this challenge, implementing digital care programs in the home becomes crucial. Through these programs, providers can offer:
- Proactive and continuous monitoring
- hospital-acquired COVID infections
- Efficient management of COVID-positive patients
- Timely interventions and early detection of deterioration
- Improved patient outcomes
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Admissions and Readmissions
Medicare patients requiring SNF admission will now be required to have a three-day hospital stay, driving up LOS and costs. However, with the option to send patients home before the three-day requirement, digital monitoring in the home becomes crucial. By leveraging innovations like Veta Health's remote monitoring technologies, healthcare providers can facilitate safe transitions from the hospital to the home environment while ensuring continuous care and reducing the risk of readmissions. Preventing readmissions is critical for patient well-being and vital in avoiding meeting the three-day window required for SNF admissions or readmissions.
As healthcare continues to evolve, providers need to anticipate and address the gaps in service, care, and reimbursement that may arise. By embracing digital care in the home, healthcare organizations can bridge these gaps effectively. Veta Health offers a comprehensive solution that enables providers to deliver high-quality care, ensure compliance with regulatory standards, and optimize patient outcomes. Veta Health helps providers confidently navigate the shifting healthcare landscape, providing patient-centric care while safeguarding their financial viability.
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