Picture this: you’re one of millions of Americans who needs care at home either because of aging, dementia, recovery from surgery or other disabilities. You’ve got a family—and often an unpaid caregiver who helps with your care. They’re part of an elaborate team of caregivers, physicians, therapists and non-medical assistance. I’ve lived this first-hand as I’ve cared for my mother, and I’ve spoken to literally hundreds of families in the same situation.
Insurance companies and other employee benefit programs often deliver these care recommendations. They do the best they can considering maintaining these programs—and the underlying data—is not their primary business. Unfortunately, they struggle to extend these programs across the whole company so that each member-facing group can leverage the same data to provide the best care referrals to their members. I’ve just assumed it was one of those “not-yet-solvable” situations, as healthcare technology is always a bit slower than other industries. So we did the best we could and used what was not an ideal support system.
The Future of Care Referral Programs
I think I finally found a vision for the future.
I ran into a white paper from SNAPforSeniors that really caught my eye. If SNAP can deliver on this vision—and if insurance companies, call centers and other providers have the vision and foresight to adopt it—it will dramatically change the outcomes of care coordination as part of the age in place movement. More important, it will give families like mine the peace of mind that we are getting referred to the best matched providers for our care.
I know this vision may not concern some of you, but I highly recommend you check it out. These types of ideas are the ones that are going to make the biggest impact. If you think your family would benefit from your insurer adopting programs like this, you should let them know.
Here’s the link to the paper – http://bit.ly/aPPsWU.