New Macomb County program brings medical care home

Patients often return to the hospital for the same issue they've already been treated for.

It happens to discharged patients more often than you think, but it's exactly what Macomb County hospitals are trying to get rid of.

You may qualify for a new program launched by Macomb County hospitals that can keep you home.

Lillian has been discharged from the hospital. She's doing fine but her mountain of medications is confusing. Nikki Green one of Michigan's new Mobil Health ParaMedics, drops in to make sure Lillian is recovering well.

For 20 years Green rushed patients to the hospital while working on an ambulance, but this new pilot program is keeping hospital visits down.

"Most often when they get home, they don't remember what they are supposed to do," said Kolby Miller, MedStar Ambulance. "So the Mobil Health ParaMedics are in the patent's home within four hours of them arriving. They look over all the hospital documentation that was sent home. They gather all the patient's medications, they list them and look at the new prescriptions.

"They make sure they got their new prescriptions, if they don't we go get them."

Two Michigan hospitals Henry Ford Health Systems and McLaren Regional Hospitals paying for the cost. And with MedStar Medics, they are conducting this 180-day pilot program.

If you have surgery in a Henry Ford or McLaren facility, inquire if you may be able to take advantage of the program that checks on you at home. It's already keeping readmissions down. About 100 percent of the patients discharged, have not needed to return to the hospital.

It's a tremendous cost saver for patients and for insurance companies.

"They are very helpful," said Lillian Jennings. "They came every day for the first three weeks and every other day for the rest of the time."

"Once they get to know us, they don't want us to leave," Green said.

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