Home Health Care / June 3, 2020
Today BrightSpring published “An Outbreak Preparedness and Mitigation Approach in Home Health and Personal Home Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic” in Home Health Care Management & Practice, a leading peer-reviewed home health journal, that describes the methods used in our home health and home care affiliates to protect and care for clients, patients and employees from the novel Coronavirus.
Studies have shown that older populations with chronic medical conditions are the population most at risk of becoming severly ill from the acute respiratory disease COVID-19. Medicare beneficiaries who have these chronic conditions also make up the highest users of home health services. Brightspring’s home health and personal home care services provide care in 25 states. Shortly after the first COVID-19 case was reported in the U.S., a cross-functional team at BrightSpring Health Services (BHS), comprised of medical, clinical, compliance, risk management, human resources, legal, communications, and operations leaders, assembled to create an outbreak committee to develop and deploy a comprehensive prevention and suppression strategy to implement across the company.
“There is great value to having a diverse team and enhanced technology ready and be able to provide optimal care and vigilant infection control to this vulnerable population during the pandemic,” said Dr. William Mills, lead author and BHS Chief Medical Officer. “While the presence of COVID-19 among our home care and home health affiliates is very low to date, we are taking considerable steps to continue to identify and mitigate potential cases and exposures to ensure the safety of our patients, clients, senior living communities and referral partners. We’re eager to share our best practices to benefit all of those in the home health and home care industry.”
Read the full study here.
Read the Home Health Care News article about the study here.