MIRAMAR, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Univita has developed an innovative chronic wound care program that manages at-risk health plan members in the home. This new program addresses a unique opportunity within the healthcare industry’s efforts to reduce costs and improve health outcomes. According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic wounds in the United States affect around 6.5 million patients. It is estimated that more than $25 billion is spent annually on the treatment of chronic wounds and the burden is expected to grow due to increasing health care costs, an aging population and the rising prevalence of diabetes and obesity. Many health plans have already developed wound care programs focused on minimizing hospital admissions. However, few health plans have coordinated wound care programs that proactively manage at-risk members and that are aimed at reducing hospital admissions by improving member care in the home.
Univita’s interventions have already demonstrated measurable results in this area, including:
- 92% of patients were discharged with healed wounds
- 64% of patient’s wounds had healed or were significantly reduced in size within 90 days vs. industry average of wound healing in 110 days
- No patients required emergent care or hospitalization
- Minimized the additional costs associated with traditional fee-for-service management of chronic wound care, such as surgeons, physicians, oxygen chambers and durable medical equipment
“Without Univita’s interventions in providing proactive, specialized care for these complex, chronically ill patients, these individuals would have experienced hospitalizations and extensive surgery,” said Dr. Manny Selva, chief medical officer at Univita. “Univita’s evidenced-based wound care program leverages over 25 years of experience in providing comprehensive care for the chronically ill, providing integrated home care services of skilled nursing, home infusion and durable medical equipment.”
Managing care needed for chronic wound care patients is challenging for health care providers because chronic wounds that do not heal completely after receiving standard medical therapy for 30 days require a unique approach. Appropriate assessment and specialized treatment of wounds is critical to ensure that care improves patient outcomes and is cost effective. Univita’s integrated wound care management program leverages its trained interdisciplinary team, including a wound care specialist, and collaborates with the patient’s primary care physician. The program is specifically designed to integrate with the patient’s plan of care and complement a health plan’s existing wound care efforts.
In addition, many primary care physicians are not trained in managing chronic wounds, leading to the majority of home care companies simply filling the physician’s orders rather than proactively managing the patient’s wound care needs. At the same time, the standard medical therapies for wounds are varied and often there is little consensus on what constitutes best practices in wound care. Specialized wound care supplies and services are also typically high-cost, including the expenses related to nursing care, diagnostic testing, dressings and antibiotics, facility costs, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, specialty equipment, inpatient costs and specialty wound care professionals.
By addressing these challenges, Univita’s evidenced-based wound care program has produced significant results and is expanding to support additional health plan members throughout the state of Florida.
About Univita Health
Univita is the nationwide leader in home healthcare solutions. We work collaboratively with health plans, health systems and physicians to improve quality and reduce hospital readmissions while focusing on the health and well-being of patients in their homes. Our innovative home care model delivers evidence based, high quality care for individuals including Medicare, Medicaid and commercial plan members. We offer a comprehensive home health program which includes nursing and therapy services, durable medical equipment, infusion pharmacy services and our innovative Re-admission Reduction Solution. To learn more, visit www.univitahealth.com.