The Mind of John Baker

Will We Survive All the Home Health Changes?

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I recently had a conversation with a therapist who was frustrated and worn out from all the changes that occur in home health and was thinking about switching to an outpatient clinic-based or skilled nursing facility environment for “consistency and ease of mind.”

We discussed the recent reassessment requirement, cuts in reimbursement, and increased documentation requirements that are occurring in home health. I tried to help her see this is just one component of a universal “sea change” that is in the early phases and is by no way unique to home health. It is occurring throughout the industry. How we deliver and “do healthcare now” will be very different from how we will deliver it in 5-7 years from now. Change is inevitable.

Theologians and psychologists alike will all tell us that “how we approach change” will often determine how successful we will be in adapting to the new healthcare system beginning to emerge.

I was reading a Parkinson’s study that correlated the clinical outcomes with attitude and willingness to accept change. As one might expect, those patients who approached change with a positive attitude had better clinical outcomes and lower stress levels.

What a great reminder for the importance of being willing to adapt to change in our own profession.

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Dr. John Baker | CEO, PT, MA, GCS, NCS, NDT, DScPT
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