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THA Group Island Health Care Named Among 2014 HomeCare Elite

Today, THA Group Island Health Care announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite. Continue reading

Telehealth Improves Patient Outcomes and Reduces Financial Expenses

THA Group was the first home health company in the Coastal Empire and Low Country to implement telehealth as a standard of care.  To this day, it is critical to our practice.

THA Group was featured as the model of successful implementation of telehealth best practices in the article, “Dynamic Capabilities in Home Health: IT-Enabled Transformation of Post-Acute Care,” published in the February 2011 issue of the Journal of the Association of Information Systems.

Using a longitudinal study over the period 2000-2009, researchers followed THA Group’s early adaptation of technology, particularly remote patient monitoring (RPM), to analyze its relative effectiveness in improving patient care at reduced financial expense.  The study found that THA Group reduced re-hospitalization rates from 38% to 20% and reduced its emergent care rate from 27% to 17% in its Georgia operations.  In South Carolina, the company reduced its patient re-hospitalization rates from 27% to 20%, and its emergent care rate remained stable at 18%.  THA Group also succeeded in reducing its number of skilled nurse visits per-patient per 60-day episode over 40% from 2001-2009. Finally, the study proved that in the five-year period after THA Group first implemented RPM, it saved $760,000 in direct costs attributable to making only necessary nursing visits.