Getting the best post-hospital care is important to you and to your family! Often, people go through great effort to choose their primary care physician or hospital carefully, but neglect to put the same effort into selecting the best healthcare providers to help them through their recovery. Don’t fall into this trap. Learn about your options and choose wisely. Selecting an ARMS-affiliated location can significantly reduce your risk of re-hospitalization.
The ARMS Difference
ARMS can offer the highest level of care outside of a hospital setting. The ARMS care model is an industry-changing approach to quality, rehab length of stay reduction and unprecedented decline in hospital readmissions. Because of the breakthroughs ARMS has achieved, its founding physicians, Dr. Jeremy Kirk and Dr. Adam Andres, were recognized as finalists in the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 15th Annual Healthcare Heroes Awards!
ARMS has distinguished itself above other skilled nursing facility medical directors by:
- Taking a proactive, physician-driven approach to care
- Reducing hospital readmissions and average length of stay in short-term rehab – ARMS affiliated facilities consistently have a 30-day readmission rate that is only 8-9%
- Utilizing providers that are knowledgeable and have extensive experience with high-acuity patients – this experience contributes to an unprecedented comfort level for managing “sicker” patients in a post-hospital setting
- ARMS does not use a call center – providers deliver exceptional availability for patient rounding plus 24/7 direct phone access for on-call coverage
- Offering outstanding communication with clinical staff, patients and primary care physicians
- Taking a leading role in improving care – ARMS physicians and nurse practitioners participate fully in partnering facilities’ quality programs and offer educational opportunities for their caregiving team members
- Physician-to-physician collaboration that keeps care plans moving forward for the benefit of patients
- Continually reviewing patient cases to monitor quality and look for potential opportunities for process and care improvements
With hospitals discharging patients sooner-and-sooner, many people need a lot of health care services for days or weeks after leaving the hospital. Medicare and other insurance payers require hospitals to provide patients with information about all of the nursing homes and home health providers in your geographic area. With so many options, it can be overwhelming, particularly when dealing with an unexpected hospitalization. Under traditional Medicare, you can choose from any location or agency that you wish. With Medicare Advantage, and with private insurance plans, you still have the right to choose but coverage will be best within your network.
If receiving care with an ARMS-affiliated rehab, nursing facility, home health, hospice or assisted living is important to you, be sure to ask your hospital discharge planner, case manager or social worker which nearby facilities partner with ARMS. Or, find your closest ARMS facility or home health provider.
Knowledge is power and there are a variety of online resources to help you make informed decisions about your healthcare and rehabilitation options.
Choosing the right facility for short-term rehabilitation or long-term care is a big decision. There are a lot of factors to consider when selecting a nursing home:
- Is the facility convenient for friends and family?
- Are the caregivers compassionate and knowledgeable?
- Is the facility well maintained?
- And, most importantly, does the facility make high-quality care a priority?
If receiving high-quality care is important to you and your family, look for post-hospital care that is affiliated with ARMS.
- Know your rights under Medicare and Medicare Advantage
- Find information about Medicare coverage for Skilled Nursing Facility care
- See quality comparisons at Nursing Home Compare
- See quality comparisons at Home Health Compare
- Visit the Indiana State Department of Health
- Visit the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging
- Find a meal assistance program through Meals on Wheels
- Information from the Indiana State Department of Health on end-of-life Advanced Directives