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Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017
Louisiana Home Health Agency Showing That Quality Matters
Posted by Pamela Egan of Wellness and Anti-Aging Clinic

Southeast Louisiana Home Health Care Company Excels at Providing Quality Care

For years, the United States federal government has been comparatively rating home health care agencies on the basis of quality-of-care. While this information is published online and available for anyone who wishes to look at it, the unfortunate reality is that the overwhelming majority of decisions regarding which home health agency provides care to a given patient are made by doctors, case managers and/or discharge planners who aren't necessarily as invested in the patient's recovery as is the patient and his or her family, and in some cases may even have motives unrelated to the quality of care the patient will receive when deciding which agency to recommend for a given patient.

While the general consensus is that this is likely to change over the next few years as reimbursement models shift more towards what is being termed within the industry as "bundling", the fact is that for most of the past three decades and even to an extent still today, a home care agency sees very little difference to their bottom line regardless of whether they provide exemplary care or a very poor standard of care.

However, this has not deterred at least one home health agency in southeast Louisiana that has long prided itself on its quality-of-care from providing a standard of care that is so far above the state and nationwide averages in the categories measured by Medicare's "Home Health Compare" it's uncanny and almost hard to believe.

EGAN Home Health and Hospice, which was founded in 1988 with a mission to provide the very best in patient care appears to have made good on their founding promise. According to the most recent figures released by the federal government as of the time of this writing, EGAN had outperformed both Louisiana and nationwide average scores in nearly every category measured to determine quality-of-care. In some instances, the discrepancies were relatively small. However, in other instances - and with some very important categories no less like how often patients' breathing improves, how often patients had less pain while moving around and how often patients became better and more adept at bathing during the course of treatment - EGAN had scores that were significantly above the state and national averages.

The following images were pulled directly from the website's "Home Health Compare" section. Click on any image to see the full-size version.

Quality of Care Ratings
Home Health Compare 2
Superior Senior Care from EGAN
Best Senior Home Care Company
Best Home Care Company in Louisiana

The numbers don't lie. The fact is that this organization has figured out how to provide a level of quality in-home care that is virtually unprecedented within the industry. Whatever they're doing, it's probably a safe bet that other agencies around the state and country may look to emulate that model as value-based purchasing becomes the standard form of reimbursement and providing quality care will determine in large part whether companies succeed or fail.

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