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Does My Patient Qualify for Home Health or Hospice Care?

Download these quick reference guides to see if your patient qualifies for home health care or hospice services:

ED U-Turn Helps Prevents Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

UPMC Home Healthcare teams work with Emergency Department (ED) staff on ED U-Turn.

ED U-Turn provides follow-up care to patients at high risk for readmission within 24 hours of discharge from the ED. We fast-track chosen patients for home health care.

Benefits of ED U-Turn:

  • Reduced risks linked with a hospital stay.
  • Reliable and timely follow-up care at home to address needs and ensure home safety.
  • Streamlined handoff to the patient's PCP for short-term oversight.
  • Prevents avoidable readmissions and related financial fines.
  • Cost savings to patients (co-pays).
  • Improved bed capacity at hospitals.

How do I know if I can refer my patient to ED U-Turn?

To refer patients for ED U-Turn, they must have:

  • Home health care qualifying issues (skilled need and homebound status) with a high risk of readmission, including:
    • Health problems such as COPD, CHF, diabetes, falls, cellulitis, DVT, pain, and wounds.
    • Considered for an observation admission (instead of admission).
    • Returning to the ED within seven days of inpatient discharge.
  • A designated PCP.
  • Insurance eligibility. (ED U-Turn does not accept MA-pending and VA insurance because of the verification process time. We do accept them for home health referrals.)