Over the last several years, since the inception and legislation of health reform that is broadly referred to as Obamacare, hospitals have been looking for ways to encourage individual patient health before being admitted to the hospital.
This focus on prevention, while once counterintuitive to many hospital corporations fearing a loss of customers, has now become mainstream, and is an important aspect in reducing the overall healthcare costs.
In this post I’ll look at why hospitals might encourage home health and fitness routines.
Why Hospitals Should Encourage Prevention Health
The first issue to consider is why a hospital corporation, with a bottom line to hit, would be interested in promoting in home health.
This idea – that prevention yields fewer customers, and therefore fewer profits – originally saw a lot of attention, but has since waned, due to its inherent flaws.
According to a recent study of hospital costs and insurance reimbursement payments, many of the heaviest losses faced by hospital corporations came from individuals who were uninsured, but were admitted to the hospital for minor ailments.
Most often, these individuals fall into the bottom 30% of income earners, and have little to no education about how to prevent their ailments at home, for a fraction of the cost. Instead, these patients come to the hospital, are admitted without insurance, and the hospital corporation is left to deal with some, if not all, of the costs of treating the patient.
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What To Encourage
The number 1 point that hospitals can encourage is to promote safe and healthy home exercise routines.
The number 1 cause of hospital admittance comes from individuals who are generally non-active, and for whom a simple exercise program would cure many of their ailments, from obesity to diabetes, heart disease, muscle tension, and much more.
The best programs are those that include a combination of workout and diet aspects, encouraging the patients to get active and pay more attention to the food they’re eating.
For example, some of the easily available programs include:
and many more. The point is simply to encourage patient investment in low-cost programs that are far less than their equivalent copay for any admitted medical treatment, and thousands of dollars less expensive than the full cost of their treatment, including the costs absorbed by the hospital corporation.