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Every day, all across the country millions of home care aides, therapists, nurses and social workers make life better for people with chronic illnesses, the disabled and healthy, but frail elderly by assisting them with daily living activities.

Home health aides care for patients who are still living at home, helping to lift the burden from family caregivers. Nurses and therapists make regular visits to their housebound patients to check on their progress and, for those with life limiting illnesses, to provide palliative care.

They go about their work quietly, serving patients and families, providing companionship and comfort to those they serve.

For the work they do, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice asks all of us to recognize November as National Home Care & Hospice Month and November 8-14 as Home Care Aides week.

In honor of these special people, all of us at Green Key Resources say thank you to those who do so much to make life better for so many. We join with NAHC President William A. Dombi who says,

“Home care and hospice nurses, therapists, aides, and other providers choose to use their lives to serve our country’s aged, disabled, and dying. This noble work is deserves our recognition and praise and we celebrate November as home care and hospice month for that very reason.”

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Jun 6, 2023

Chronic Pain Patients Find Telehealth Cost Effective

Telehealth continues to demonstrate its popularity, this time among people suffering with chronic pain.

At their annual meeting this month, itself held online, anesthesiologists heard that patients who met with their pain specialist remotely were overwhelmingly satisfied with the experience.

Conducted by the UCLA Comprehensive Pain Center in Los Angeles, the survey period began in August 2019, long before the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients at the pain center were given the option of in-office or remote appointments by video or phone. The 1,398 patients who chose the remote options had a cumulative 2,948 virtual appointments.

According to an account of the study by Healthcare Finance the virtual meetings saved patients both time and money. Half saved at least 69 minutes commuting and a roundtrip of 26 miles or more. They also saved a median $22 in gas and parking fees for each virtual visit.

Initial visits for new patients or existing patients with new conditions were best served by in-person office appointments, the report said. Thereafter, follow-up appointments could be conducted remotely. Anesthesiologists participating in the conference estimated that up to 50% of visits could be virtual.

Before the pandemic, telehealth growth was limited by rules limiting the types of visits Medicare and Medicaid and private insurers would reimburse. Those limits were waived during the pandemic, resulting in a rapid expansion of virtual medical consults.

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