A number of home health providers and advocates have formed the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, a group that intends to use research to show the value of home-based care to patients, their families and policymakers.
Home healthcare companies Almost Family, Amedisys, Bayada Nurses, Gentiva Health Services, HCR ManorCare, LHC Group and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice are members of the new alliance, which plans to show the clinical innovations and cost-effectiveness that expanded home-based care models can bring to Americas healthcare system, according to an Oct. 28 announcement.
The home health industry offers a well-developed delivery system of high-quality, lower-cost healthcare servicesone of the most efficient and effective systems that exists in healthcare today, Bill Borne, chief executive officer of Amedisys and founding member of the alliance, said in the news release. The Alliance will demonstrate the readiness of the home healthcare industry to offer this delivery system as a key component in implementing new and innovative initiatives to meet the healthcare needs of our nation, particularly for Americas seniors.
When asked how the alliance will do this, a spokeswoman for the group said the alliance will focus on research and data, and that more information should be available in the coming weeks and months. -- by Jessica Zigmond