Middleboro Case Study Executive Summary Essay

2526 Words Mar 29th, 2012 11 Pages
Middleboro Executive Summary to the Board – Cohort 5
The Hillsboro County Home Health Agency, Inc.
Florida International University
January 31, 2012

Overview
Effective June 1, 2012, Hillsboro County Home Health Agency (HCHHA) will be launching a new division offering Hospice services to Middleboro and surrounding community residents. This hospice center will provide end-of-life care in the form of medical, psychological, social and spiritual support for the terminally ill and their families. Hospice care services are typically structured according to the needs and wishes of each patient and their family. These may change over time and during the different stages of care (the last phases of an illness, the dying process and the
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The study also reported 99% of the total deaths have been residents over the age of twenty-four years. (Middleboro Case Study, pg. 43).
Competitive advantage
HCHHA’s competitive advantage is as follows: * HCHHA is currently the only not-for-profit, Medicare Certified agency in Hillsboro County and is preparing to incorporate national standards into their management assessments through the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO). * HCHHA staff is already in place and providing a portion of the services applicable to hospice care. * HCHHA can leverage referrals from the relationships of its Board Members, the multi-specialty group practice of Medical Associates, the State Home Care Association, Middleboro Community hospital (currently referring patients into Jasper), the local nursing home, Webster Health System, and the 4 long-term care facilities. * HCHHA has currently secured contractual arrangements with Central States Good Health Network and one other commercial HMO. * Hospice services are reimbursable by all major payers in the community and 82% of the population has some form of insurance (Refer to Appendix C for the Hillsboro County Estimated Health Insurance Coverage).
Business Model Hospice care generally costs less than inpatient care in a hospital, nursing home, or other facility. If provided at

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