SOURCE: American Health Holding

American Health Holding

July 18, 2012 10:00 ET

American Health, Leader in Medical Management, Addresses Readmission Rates Through Member Counseling

WORTHINGTON, OH--(Marketwire - Jul 18, 2012) - American Health Holding, Inc., a multi-URAC accredited medical management service provider, has expanded cost saving opportunities through the development of its Pre-Admission and Post-Discharge Counseling programs. The process will help avoid complications and reduce readmissions by providing members with timely education before and after inpatient procedures.

In the U.S. health care system, preventable readmissions account for an estimated $25 billion in wasteful spending according to the National Priorities Partnership. Dr. Benita Jackson, Medical Director for American Health, asserts that improving procedures for admitting and discharging members increase the likelihood of saving opportunities. "Pre-Admission and Post-Discharge Counseling are a natural extension of our medical management services," said Jackson. "This is our core competency, which positions us to assist our clients in preventing readmissions and identifying cases that could benefit from more intense intervention through Case Management."

Members engaged in Pre-Admission or Post-Discharge Counseling are contacted by American Health Holding's experienced nurse Case Managers. When the services are combined, members work with the same Case Manager throughout the process, thus offering personal engagement.

Pre-Admission Counseling educates members on their upcoming inpatient surgery. Case Managers discuss topics such as medications, symptoms of infections, and help prepare for the discharge that is tailored around the member's needs. Similarly, Post-Discharge Counseling discusses medication adherence, evaluates pain or discomfort levels, and assesses the member's overall compliance with the discharge plan. In addition, the Case Manger will identify possible complications that should be discussed with the member's physician.

The Pre-Admission and Post-Discharge Counseling programs expand the reach of medical management, resulting in fewer readmissions and higher cost savings. 

About American Health Holding, Inc.
American Health Holding is a single-source provider of medical management services that support millions of members across the health care continuum. The multi-URAC accredited organization has been helping clients to maximize cost savings while ensuring the quality and appropriateness of care since 1993. American Health's flexible, customized programs support integrated solutions for clients and assist in creating healthy outcomes for members. For more information about American Health visit our website:

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    David Leman
    Director of Marketing
    American Health Holding, Inc.