Launching a Home-based Hospital Program
Launchinga Home-based Hospital Program
Home-basedHospitals is a healthcare program administered to patients bylicensed caregivers such as occupational therapists, nurses, andphysical therapists. Home-based care is important, especially forthose whose health condition is not critical since it is a cheaperplan, or are at risk of new infections while in the hospital. Beforelaunching the program, it is good to ascertain the cost of itsimplementationascertained, the location, and the targeted healthcaretreatments. The paper discusses monitoring, fine-tunning, andstrategy change as the three aspects to reflect on when initiating ahome-based hospital program.
Monitoringis an important aspect to factor when launching an effective program.During his process, the establishment of possible weaknesses and theprogress in the program implementation dominates.
Theset objectives ought to be realistic and have parameters againstwhich their implementation is ascertained at a given timeframe. Forinstance, the patient recovery timeframe is set where comparison oftreatment progress of a patient to the actual progress occurs. Theorganization offering the Medicare services must have a reportingsystem where the staff provides information on the treatmentprogress. The information is used to make informed decisions andrectify areas with weaknesses. Another area of interest ismonitoring the cost of treatment and the returns obtained. Thereturns must be more than the resources spent to give the care sincethe motive is to offer quality care and gain profits. A follow-up onthe financial gain is, therefore, necessary. It is equally importantto monitor for compliance with the regularly requires operationconduct. The organization undertaking to offer healthcare servicesmust ensure the staff adheres to the professional conduct. Forinstance, regular checks on the safety and hygiene requirements oughtto be met. It is not surprising that the staff disregard some of thesafety precautions and so monitoring comes in handy.
Asuccessful monitoring plan reveals the areas that require minorchanges. Fine-tunning comes in handy to correct the few shortcomingsbefore they escalate to full-blown challenges. Since the services arepatient-based, the caregivers work toward satisfying the patients sothe decisions made must suit the patients without compromising theaccepted professional conduct. Some patients require regularmonitoring and personalized care. Therefore, the caregivers should beflexible.
Achange in the operation strategy is driven by circumstances, some ofwhich are unprecedented. For instance, new guidelines directing howthe program will be run force the caregivers to change their mode ofoperation. Legislation on home-based care changes and the caregiversare expected to comply.
In other cases, increased competition among the caregivers instigatesa change in the operation strategy, especially for the profit basedprograms. Competitive advantage is created by offering morespecialized services to patients as well as reducing the cost of theservices rendered. Additionally, the caregivers diversify the caregiven by venturing on a broad range of treatments. In return, theadministered patient will increase. This way, the caregivingorganization enjoys a bigger market share. Alternatively, thecaregivers should establish its niche to reduce competition withother caregiving organizations.
Newhealthcare technology initiates a change in the mode of treatment.Normally, the new equipment is efficient and the caregivers ought toadopt the technology.
Home-basedprograms for administration of healthcare require regular monitoring,a fine –tune in its operations, and changing the operationstrategy, so as to ensure there is efficiency in their operations andthere is a consistent realization of profits.Regular monitoringprovides information on the progress of implementation and thesuitability of the program.
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