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Jul. 23, 2014: Medicare Patients Benefit from Home Coaching Visits After Hospital Stay

A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine reports that an hour-long educational coaching session and two or three follow-up phone calls after a hospital stay reduced readmission odds by 39 percent among Medicare patients. This resulted in reducing the average cost of care by $3,700 per patient for those who received coaching.

The study found that the intervention group had significantly lower utilization in the six months after discharge and lower mean total healthcare costs ($14,700 vs. $18,700). The home visit, or coaching session, was a patient-centered intervention to empower individuals to better manage their health.

According to the study, sending someone to the patient's home who helped the patient (or their caregiver) gain confidence in recounting the patient's medical issues, medication and when and how to reach out for help significantly reduced re-hospitalization and costs.