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October 1, 2020  |  1:30 EST  |  1 Hour

A RISE Association Webinar in Partnership with FOX

Geriatric House Calls: An Innovative Solution to an Age-Old Problem
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Healthcare costs are rising at a rate of 2.9% annually (Dieleman et al, 2020). Costs are concentrated in those with back and neck pain, other musculoskeletal disorders, diabetes, falls, heart disease, arthritis, dementia, hypertension, and older Americans in general. Older adults with limited access to healthcare and poor social determinants of health are among the most vulnerable and costly to the healthcare system. Experts in population dynamics have described a Silver Tsunami that will further compound our current rise in healthcare costs without even considering COVID-19. 

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing will result in significant physical, functional, cognitive, and expressive decline in older adults. It will also result in more downstream hospitalizations and cost. Active older adults are 57% less likely to visit the Emergency Room (ER) and 86% less likely to be hospitalized (Daher et al, 2018). Rising healthcare costs are a multifactorial problem but a low cost, high impact group of providers within an innovative care delivery model has been proven to significantly reduce downstream costs in the older adult population and is feasible within a COVID-19 environment.

Geriatric House Calls, provided by highly trained physical, occupational, and speech therapists, enhance access and treat the physical, functional, cognitive, and expressive decline associated with many chronic diseases, sedentary behavior, and lack of social interaction that is more prevalent due to COVID-19. The ideal approach is proactive investment in the downstream heath and costs associated with these older adults. This webinar will describe an innovative model of care delivery that saves 9.5% (Optum Advisory Services) in total downstream costs for older adults, improves patient satisfaction, and increases the likelihood of increasing health plan membership. Topics at a glance are:

  • Geriatric House Calls 101: Home-based outpatient therapy
  • Legislation and compliance
  • Typical patient profile
  • Clinical advantages
  • Proof of concept in reducing downstream healthcare costs in collaboration with Optum Advisory services
  • Role within a COVID-19 environment

Who Should Attend Header

This webinar is designed to specifically benefit those with responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Medical Directors
  • Vice President, Director, or Manager of Provider Contracting
  • Vice President, Director, or Manager of Value Based Care
  • Vice President, Director, or Manager of Provider Engagement
  • Vice President, Director, or Manager of Ancillary Health 

  • Outline an innovative model of home-based outpatient therapy (Geriatric House Calls)
  • Summarize valuable post-acute clinical pathways that deviate from current paradigms
  • Recognize high quality and properly dosed rehabilitation (physical, occupational and speech therapy)
  • Demonstrate a Geriatric House Call proof of concept (N=800,000) in reducing downstream healthcare costs (9.5% savings) via a partnership with Optum Advisory Services. 
  • Consider the role of Geriatric House Calls within a COVID-19 environment

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