columnist and author Art Buchwald has elected to forego
life-prolonging dialysis in favor of hospice, and is getting coverage
by the national media:
here to read the article in USA Today
here to read the PBS article
Butte Home Health Designated a "National Best Practice Agency"
In Preventing Hospitalization
Butte Home Health recently achieved the status
of a "national best practice agency" under the Briggs
National Quality Improvement/ Hospitalization Reduction Study,
which was sponsored by the Briggs Corp. and cosponsored by the
National Association for Home Care & Hospice and Fazzi Associates.
The study's goal was to determine a common set of best practices
used by home health agencies that are most successful in keeping
patient hospitalization rates at 19 percent or lower, though the
national average is approximately 28 percent or higher. The study
researchers used data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) to select agencies that represent the top-performing
10 percent in minimizing re-hospitalizations and also engaged
the home care community at large for input on best practices for
"We are extremely proud that Butte Home
has improved the lives of tens of thousands of seniors
over the past 20 years. We are honored to be named as a National
Best Practice Agency," said Brooke Quilici, PHN, Director
of Patient Care Services. "We look forward to continuing
to improve the quality of care for seniors in Butte, Glenn, and
The top five best practice strategies identified in
the report are:
- fall prevention (83%)
- front loading services (71%)
- management culture and support (69%)
- medication management (64%)
- 24 hour availability (63%)
A summary of the report can be viewed at:
21 Reasons for Home Care: Read the full text here.
Butte Home Health Receives High Marks on Medicare
The latest Home Health Compare numbers have been posted by Medicare
and, once again, Butte Home Health is at the top of the pack.
As part of the Home Health Quality Initiative, Home Health Compare
shares information with the general public about how local Home
Health Agencies rate.
The agencies are compared on 11 quality measurements,
"Percentage of patients who have less pain when moving around",
"Percentage of patients who get better at taking their medicines
"Percentage of patients who had to be admitted to the hospital."
At Home Health Compare, visitors to the site can compare agencies
not only to each other, but to State and National results in each
category. Medicare updates the results quarterly and they are now
available at the Medicare website.
Butte Home Health applaudes Medicare's efforts to inform consumers
and hold Home Health Agencies accountable for their quality of care.
Please visit www.medicare.gov
and click on the "Home Health Compare" link.