Texas Home Health and Sound Telemedicine Join Partnership

AUSTIN, TX — Texas Home Health, a leading post-acute care company, and Sound Telemedicine, a division of Sound Physicians, a well-known provider of physician services, have partnered to provide enhanced access to care for patients transitioning from hospital to home health care without a known primary care physician (PCP).

When Texas Home Health receives referrals from hospitals for discharged patients who do not have a PCP, a Sound Physicians doctor supports the transition with a virtual telehealth patient visit, places the home health order, and follows that patient for their initial 60-day episode of care. Without this partnership, since patients must be under the care of a physician to quality for home health services, care would be delayed beyond the ideal 24 to 48 hours post-discharge or potentially not ordered at all.

“This program is a testament to collaboration and commitment of both companies,” said Dr. Anna Loengard, Chief Medical Officer for AccentCare, “and illustrates innovation to address would-be gaps in the care continuum for our frailest patients. This is an ideal use of telehealth in the home and we hope this model will be extended beyond the public health emergency.”

Expediently admitting patients into home health care improves patient outcomes and reduces the risk of emergency room visits, as well as unplanned re-hospitalizations.  Rapid starts of care provide early education, timely medication reconciliation, and assessments of needs or barriers to success in the home environment.

“Because of our foundational belief in integrated approaches to acute and post-acute care,” said Dr. Brian Carpenter, National Medical Director, TeleHospitalist Services for Sound, “expanding our relationship with Texas Home Health gives us a valued opportunity to bridge patient care from hospital to home.”

Texas Home Health and Sound Telemedicine remain focused on quality, satisfaction, and performance. Both companies are very active in telehealth and other innovations to help improve outcomes, increase efficiency, and enhance patient experience.

 

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About Texas Home Health

Texas Home Health is owned by AccentCare, Inc., a nationwide leader in post-acute healthcare, with innovative partnerships and care models covering the full continuum from personal, non-medical care to skilled nursing, rehabilitation, hospice, and care management. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, AccentCare has over 30,000 compassionate professionals in more than 250 locations, collectively serving over 200,000 individuals across 29 states. The company operates under regional core brand names including AccentCare, Alliance For Health, Gareda, Guardian, HRS, Seasons, Sta-Home, and Texas Home Health.

AccentCare has over 25 strategic partnerships with insurance companies, physician groups and major health systems, including joint venture companies branded as AccentCare Asante Home Health, AccentCare Fairview, AccentCare UCLA Health, AccentCare UC San Diego Health at Home, and Texas Home Health Group, an affiliation with Baylor Scott & White Health.

Among its distinctions, AccentCare has a 4.5-star quality rating for legacy home health agencies, many of which have earned the HomeCare Elite distinction. All legacy hospice locations are CHAP-accredited, with designations from the We Honor Veterans program. Its approach to care, including proprietary RightPath disease-specific programs, leads the industry in avoidance of unplanned re-hospitalizations, faster starts of care, and quality performance.

To learn more about AccentCare, visit accentcare.com.

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About Sound Telemedicine

Sound Telemedicine connects healthcare organizations to expert physician care via cloud-based technology and custom workflows developed to meet our partners’ needs. With on-demand access to our team of experienced, board-certified physicians, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies can expand clinical coverage, treat more patients in place, and reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.

Sound currently operates telemedicine programs in over 100 facilities nationwide, with over 11,000 connects per month. Sound Telemedicine is part of Sound Physicians, a nationwide physician practice partnering with healthcare organizations to reduce costs and improve quality since 2001.

To learn more about Sound Physicians, visit soundphysicians.com.