Presentation on theme: "Safe Transitions for the Elderly Patient (STEP). The Discharge Conundrum Do you worry about your patient’s after they are discharged from the hospital?"— Presentation transcript:
The Discharge Conundrum Do you worry about your patient’s after they are discharged from the hospital? Are you being encouraged to discharge prematurely due to funding issues? Are you concerned that a patient may need close monitoring after the hospital stay? Does your patient not qualify for home health, skilled nursing, or rehab, but you know they need ongoing medical management and physical therapy? Do you have a feeling that a patient will be readmitted in 30 days or less?
Re-hospitalizations Among Medicare Recipients Within 30d of discharge – 20% readmitted Variable 13-23% Texas 19.4% – Post op discharge readmitted with medical diagnoses – 50% readmitted unable to follow up with PCP At risk diagnoses: CHF, Pneumonia, COPD, Stroke, Hip Fracture Subsequent hospital stay slightly longer Re-hospitalization risk persists over time Source: Jencks SF, NEJM 2009/ Kane RL, HSR 2002
The Discharge Alternative Referral to STEP Program Mission Statement To provide high-quality transition of care services for discharged Medicaid- eligible elders of Tarrant County.
The STEP Team Medical Director Nurse Practitioners Social Workers Physical Therapists Medical Assistant Pharmacist Administrative Assistant
Eligibility Medicaid eligible 65 years and older Tarrant County Resident Not disease specific-- any diagnosis
STEP Services Provide in-home interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment for 90 days post hospital discharge Re-establish patients with primary care providers for continued outpatient management Connect with community partners and resources Extensive physical therapy services Holistic Care: meeting the patient’s social, financial, spiritual, physical, and medical needs
Factors That Makes STEP Unique Medical Director makes an in-home visit with EVERY STEP patient Re-connects patients with their PCP or finds a PCP Not restricted by Medicaid, Medicare, or other managed care rules Collaborative effort to improve quality of care and access to care and community services. One-stop shopping—All providers are from the same team: UNT Health Science Center! No competing interests The patient is the center of our services!
Easy Referral Process 1.Contact the STEP Program Social Service Coordinator 2.Send HIPPA compliant face sheet to Social Service Coordinator 3.STEP social worker will meet with patient in hospital 4.STEP will get patient consent and enroll in STEP Program Ashley Martin, MSSW, LMSW 817-735-0626 Shirley Turpin, LBSW 817-735-2703
Thank you! We are excited to participate in helping create solutions for a healthier community! We are eager to help serve your patients! STEP will begin delivering services in late April or early May