The HomeCare Matters Difference
What exactly sets a non-profit healthcare provider apart from its for-profit competitors? Does an agency set up for charitable purposes really make it a better choice than a for-profit competitor?
As tax-exempt organizations, non-profit healthcare providers have a mission of serving communities and providing care without regard to a patient's ability to pay. For-profit providers look at healthcare as a business, with a financial bottom line that produces profits distributed to shareholders.
The for-profit model of health care aims to serve affluent, insured patients. The uninsured and patients with complex medical conditions are to be avoided literally- at all costs. A 2011 research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that for-profit hospice agencies were more likely to have patients with lower care needs and longer lengths of stay than non-profit hospice agencies. For example, for-profits will serve more patients suffering from dementia (8.4 percent vs. 17.2 percent) than cancer (48.4 percent vs. 34.1 percent).
The statistics are very telling. Medicare reimbursement pays for 84% of patients in hospice care. Medicare reimburses hospice agencies for hospice care at a per-diem rate, meaning every patient receives the same amount of reimbursement per day despite their diagnosis or individual care needs.
Cancer patients have a fairly predictable life expectancy and course of treatment. By the time cancer patients enter hospice care, most have exhausted all other treatments and are close to death. End-stage cancer patients also tend to need more expensive care with intensive pain and symptom management.
Dementia patients (and other patients with less predictable diagnoses) tend to live longer than cancer patients with less costly care. These patients are more profitable because they accrue the Medicare hospice per diem rate daily with little out-of-pocket expense.
The for-profit focus on finding patients with fewer care needs and longer hospice stays impacts consumers' health negatively in the following ways:
- For-profit agencies may be underestimating and limiting the number of visits a patient actually needs just so they can maintain a high profit margin.
- Reviewing charts and determining if a patient is appropriate to meet their bottom line can waste precious time that a hospice patient may not have. Dollar signs are never equal to friends and family.
- Nurses and other for-profit health care professionals may lose experience as they face the same classification of illnesses day after day. A nurse can only become well rounded when they meet the challenge of dealing with a multitude of diverse cases over a long period of time.
HomeCare Matters is proud to be a non-profit health care provider. We understand that the profit status of a hospice or home health agency is never as important as the quality of care the organization provides. We stand by the care we deliver to all, regardless of diagnosis, or their ability to pay. Experience, Compassion, Understanding and Care- that’s really what sets HomeCare Matters apart and makes us different.[More]
Do you like helping others? Do you have a special skill or talent you would like to share? Come to HomeCare Matters Volunteer Open House, January 6th between 2 and 4pm at 1220 N. Market Street and find out what we are about and if we may be a fit for your caring spirit. This is a non-committal event. For more information, contact Brandon Quail at 1-800-4-Nurses or email email@example.com. Refreshments will be served.[More]
Are you looking for a new challenge, the opportunity to have more autonomy and to make a lasting difference in patients' lives? As a HomeCare Matters RN, you will directly care for and promote the holistic health of patients of all ages with acute, chronic or terminal illnesses. Day, evening, weekend and on-call Full-Time positions are available.[More]
November is National Home Care and Hospice Month. It’s the time of the year when HomeCare Matters honors our everyday care heroes who make comfort, love, hope, and respect a reality for the patients and families we serve. We can’t thank our collective of nurses, aides, clinicians, therapists, administrators, office staff and volunteers enough. The difference they make in the lives of those suffering in our community is astounding.
Even Santa has help during the holiday season! Don’t miss HomeCare Matters Holiday Gift Bazaar, Friday, November 15th from 5 to 8 and Saturday, November 16th from 9 to 3 at 1220 N. Market Street in Galion. Get the perfect gift for that hard to buy for person- or pick something up for you! From one-of-a-kind, handcrafted crocheted items, jewelry and candles, to Stampin’ Up! , Scentsy, and baked goods, you can be done with your shopping without lines, hassles or fighting for a parking space.[More]
Help HomeCare Matters by bringing a whole lot of yummy holiday cheer to your family’s table! Order Der Dutchman famous, ready-to-eat pies, ready-to-bake cookie dough and delicious, one-of-a-kind pumpkin and chocolate rolls and a portion of each purchase will help HomeCare Matters continue to give back to our community. Download your order form here, fill it out and drop it off at the HomeCare Matters Galion office by November 15th.[More]
Last night, HomeCare Matters held its annual Volunteer Appreciation and Caregiver Recognition Dinner. We had a great night honoring the people who have stepped up to help us provide care. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you.[More]
The therapeutic effect of Art was proudly on display at the Bucyrus office of HomeCare Matters![More]
The HomeCare Matters Life Celebration Picnic is an opportunity to celebrate and honor the life and memory of passed loved ones by gathering together in a fellowship of music, food, and remembrance.[More]
Do you shop at Kroger and want to earn money for HomeCare Matters? All you have to do is enroll your Kroger Plus Card in Kroger’s Community Rewards Program! Every time you use your Kroger Plus Card, a percent of your purchase will go to HomeCare Matters Home Health and Hospice!
- Go to http://www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
- Click “Create An Account”.
- Enter email, password, zip code and favorite store. You will get a message to check your email inbox.
- Click the link in the email, then click on “edit”.
- Enter “Crawford County Shared Services” or type in “91855” (both are actually HomeCare Matters) and hit “save”.
- It will take 7-10 days to process your account information. Once you are active, “Crawford County Shared Services” will be printed at the bottom of your receipt.
It’s free, easy and can add up to a lot just for shopping at Kroger!
HomeCare Matters Home Health & Hospice
HomeCare Matters Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing home care and hospice services in the comfort of your own home. Because, to us, this care really does matter. For this purpose, we recruit the best professionals who also have a deep concern and compassion for the care of patients. HomeCare Matters provides services under the direction of the patient’s physician and tailored to the individual’s needs. Patients of all ages are able to experience the warmth of family and friends while receiving care for their injury or illness.