Effective Networking for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals work around the clock. They are always ready for the call to duty and are community servant leaders. When they are not in the line of fire or in the field, they most likely are polishing their skills and knowledge to stay updated on trends and technologies. Many times they join formal associations and attend local, national and international conferences. Attending these high level meetings can be an excellent way to network and expand their group of contacts.

Listed below is the number one way healthcare professionals can network for success.

Network through Conferences

As you prepare for your next conference, make sure that you have all your “p”s and “q”s lined up and are ready for action. This means bringing plenty of business cards, having an airtight elevator pitch and having a firm handshake. Be able to introduce yourself and give three value added propositions. Connect with like-minded people to build a team of dynamic supporters. Select people who do not live in your vicinity to diversify your networking pool. Talk with healthcare professionals who do various work and work in various places. Find different strengths which can make the overall team powerful and unstoppable. Follow up via social media and other professional networks. Also, seek out overlapping networks of professionals and mutual colleagues.

Hopefully, these tips can put you in the right direction for prosperous networking at your next conference. The key goal here is to be alert, open and flexible to new and exciting opportunities.

Home Health Care Has Many Facets

The concept of home health care has grown dramatically in the last several years. As the dynamics of the modern family have shifted (smaller extended families, homes where all the adults are working, etc.), many of the functions a relative would have performed in the past are being outsourced to organizations that can meet these needs. Being able to provide quality services in the comfortable and familiar setting of the patient’s residence has become part of the mission statement of these mobile medical providers.

There are a several types of individual scenarios that can benefit from having access to a professional caregiver who visits the patient (or patients) in their own living space. Listed below is a sampling of those individuals who may use this vital service:

Mothers and Newborns

Being able to provide education and assessment to new mothers and their babies just home from the hospital fulfills a vital role that may have been traditionally performed by a family member. Having a trained medical practitioner on hand can get both mother and child started on the right path.

Post-Operative Patients

Often, individuals who have had major surgery require follow-up attention, even after being discharged. Transportation may also be an issue; particularly if the patient is not able to move on their own. Having these evaluations performed at the residence is both convenient and more comfortable for the person who is recovering.

Older Americans

Taking care of the elderly who are dealing with medical issues but want to maintain the independence of living on their own is one of the traditional roles of home health care providers. These regular visits help these senior members maintain a good quality of life while having the knowledge that their medical needs will be met.

Mentally Disabled Adults

The need to provide medical and emotional support for these individuals to remain a part of the community is an important function of these traveling caregivers.

Younger Adults

For younger individuals who are recovering from an injury or accidents, and otherwise can manage their own affairs, having the knowledge that a medical professional is on hand adds a layer of comfort as they regain their active lifestyle.

Patients with Chronic Conditions

Diseases like diabetes, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, and heart failure require constant monitoring. Many of those dealing with these chronic issues still want to live on their own and may not require the constant attention of an assisted living facility. Regular visits help these patients maintain their independence without having to sacrifice the medical oversight that they need.

Home health care will continue to evolve as the population changes. With the number of older Americans increasing and outpatient care on the upswing, the need for this personalized access will only expand and will include all ages and situations.

Governing Boards in Healthcare Organizations – Making Compliance Your Priority

Each and every healthcare organization, whether or not it accepts reimbursement from government payors, must have in place regulatory compliance measures designed to protect the population it serves, and the persons paying for and providing those services. All levels of a healthcare organization must be cognizant of their roles in the organization’s continuing commitment to compliance. Even Board members, who often do not experience the inner-workings of the entities they represent, have an obligation and duty to the organization to act in a manner that stressed compliance. Applicable federal and state laws, how they apply to an organization, and how the organization reacts to its obligations imposed by those laws, must be of paramount importance to a governing board.

The OIG compliance guidance for healthcare boards tracks 4 areas over which boards should have specific oversight:

1. Relationship between the audit, compliance and legal departments. Your auditors should evaluate external risk and internal controls within your organization. Your compliance team should develop policies and procedures that provide employees with compliance guidance, methods to improve compliance, and ways to determine whether your compliance efforts are working. Your legal advisors advise your organization regarding relevant laws and regulations that govern the organization’s services. Each of these arms should operate independently to carry out their tasks and cooperatively with each other where appropriate. Your Board (or a designated committee of the Board) should be regularly provided with an understanding on how these different units function with themselves, each other, and management, with an eye toward improve and increase the organization’s compliance.

2. Issue reporting within an organization. The Board, or a designated Board committee, should be regularly informed about compliance related activities and information. The Board should be introduced to key personnel responsible for compliance and risk mitigation to create an open dialogue and to encourage reporting. Board members should work with such personnel in order to learn what information is useful in identifying areas of risk, and to identify trends.

3. Identifying areas of risk. The Board should be knowledgeable about areas of risk to which the organization might be vulnerable. For example, billing and collections is a common area of risk to all healthcare providers, but certain types of organizations may have areas of risk that are specific to its purpose. The Board should be informed about each area of risk that the organization is addressing, and should be ever-mindful about enforcement activities or other guidance that might cause the organization to update its compliance plan.

4. Methods to achieve compliance goals and objectives. It is the responsibility of the entire healthcare organization to execute its compliance standards. The Board should consistently assess the compliance-related activities and internal communications of the organizations employees and recommend rewards or disciplinary actions for those employees as appropriate. Organizations are well-served to educate Board members and employees alike regarding legally-required reporting deadlines and similar external measures.

Compliance plans are not just for large hospital systems or nursing communities. Any provider of healthcare services must provide those services within the bounds proscribed by law. The OIG’s guidance does note that an organization’s compliance goals should vary based on the size and complexity of an organization. Larger organizations should have more comprehensive compliance programs. However, small organizations are not absolved of a commitment to compliant and ethical conduct. Your Board members should be educated and involved in your organization’s continuing commitment to compliance.

Healthcare and Hindsight

The Supreme Court has maintained the legality of the federal government’s ability through Affordable Care Act (ACA and/or Obamacare) to provide financial subsidies to millions of Americans to pay for their health insurance in the case King v. Burwell.

In the case, Supreme Court justices claimed there had been “inartful drafting” that led to the case reaching their docket. The fact that healthcare for millions of Americans was jeopardized due to the poor wording of a legal document says something about how the law was passed.

If you ever read a good legal contract such as one needed to rent property or download music, it takes the time to clarify ambiguities for this very reason. This should have been clear to some legislative staffer (since no actual Member of Congress has written a bill since banjo music was cool) despite the titanic battle that surrounded the ACA.

The ACA is probably one of the most controversial pieces of legislation of the modern Congress, comparable to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the passions it has inspired. It certainly is a major legislative landmark that was in the works for decades and only passed due to a unique budgetary mechanism.

It’s also true that the bill was always going to be very controversial. Similar legislation was first proposed by Teddy Roosevelt. Richard Nixon offered to push for a bill ultimately similar to Obamacare but Democrats on the left were more interested in a single payer system that was as politically unfeasible then as it was in 2009. Thus, efforts should have been taken to avoid this type of case.

The way that the ACA was enacted was that it was inserted into the formal budget in a process known as budget reconciliation. At the time, this was a fall back measure in case opposition unified at an unprecedented level, which it did. Instead of quickly inserting a health care law after the budget passed Congress in spring 2009, Democrats in Congress ultimately wasted a year trying to pass the bill through the tradition means.

This was despite the fact that Democrats barely held a 60 vote majority needed to end a filibuster and Republican opposition was largely unyielding. This is all the more galling in retrospect because so much of Obama’s agenda had yet to be enacted. While Dodd-Frank was passed, the Employee Free Choice Act, the Dream Act, climate change, and a transportation reauthorization died in committee and 5 years later have yet to be passed.

Ultimately what happened was that the version that initially passed the Senate was amended by the House in order to fulfill certain budgetary and financial requirements of reconciliation among with demands from various members of the House.

The other funny thing about Obamacare is that by many accounts, including a book called “America’s Bitter Pill ” that I recommend, President Obama did not take the lead in pushing the bill through Congress. To avoid the mistakes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, he deferred largely to Congress in drafting and negotiating the details.

This is in stark contrast to the effort led by Hillary whereby Democratic Congressional leaders felt left out and stymied its passage. After the bill failed, Democrats didn’t have control of Congress and the White House again until 2009, one of the many reasons there was such a fierce desire to pass the law.

But hindsight is 20/20.

If you’re wondering why Obama hasn’t tried to insert more of his legislative goals through budget reconciliation it’s because in order to do so, you need to Congress to pass a formal budget. This in contrast to the Continuing Resolutions that have been funding the federal government every few months for most of the time since that budget was passed.

In addition, the aforementioned book also mentions that Obama gave orders to the Department of Health and Human Services, the department in charge of implementing the ACA, to delay implementation of regulations in 2012 so that related news did not interfere with his chances of re-election. This was ultimately one of the main reasons why Healthcare.gov was not ready to be launched on schedule.

How NBN Can Revolutionize Healthcare in Australia

Australia stands at the cusp of a communication revolution. By creating the largest and most sophisticated broadband network across the country, Australia will become the hub of economic, technologic and social betterment as the impact of the National Broadband Network takes full shape.

While it is no secret, that just about every aspect of our lives will be impacted by the NBN, it is important to note that several of the social infrastructure capabilities stand to gain the most. Advancements in communications are set to revolutionize the healthcare sector as never before, and Australia, with the advent of the NBN-era will stand at the forefront of these changes.

Healthcare is that part of the social infrastructure, which is vital for the growth of the nation. A healthy populace is a precursor to the advancement & growth of any nation. However, the sector has been often been bogged down by the sheer weight of the populace it needs to cater to.

The NBN will be a much required, shot in the arm for the healthcare providers to improve their services and offer a better patient care experience. NBN in Australia will help create a connect with the patients, improve services, create new platforms of service and expand the existing footprint of service. In other words, the NBN will open up a plethora of new opportunities whilst helping existing providers augment their current services. Some of the key areas wherein NBN is likely to improve services include:

Patient Connect:

Patients will now have improved platforms to connect with the healthcare services providers. Robust technologies will now enable patients on the farthest end of the spectrum to come into the mainstream and have better access to healthcare services. Healthcare providers will now be able to remain in touch with the patients and thereby prevent various diseases prior to their occurrence.

Patient Experience:

No more long queues and waiting times. Connect with the healthcare provider quickly and find better response. Healthcare service providers can now make their platforms more intuitive and patient-centric to ensure patients have a favourable and pleasant experience. Improved PABX systems can now be commonplace, thereby equipping healthcare providers with auto-dialling, auto-response and auto-forward options – each of these can be great tools of improving patient experiences.

Patient Handling:

Cater to your patients armed with more data about them, such that you can provide them with more personalized and accurate advice. Personalized services ensure that your patients not only receive the exact care that they need but have a much more favourable outlook towards your service.

Leveraging Big Data for the Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. Being an enormous part of a country’s economy, healthcare practices and policies may differ tremendously across various nations. But what remains constant is the aim of service provider – to improve the general health of people at a nationwide scale. Intense competition in the has forced its providers to look for ways to augment the quality of care and reduce costs simultaneously. Since traditional methods have proven to be insufficient, the healthcare industry today is embracing the world of technology in order to move towards a value-based perspective.

Presence of Unstructured Data

The healthcare industry not only consists of professionals who directly provide services to doctors and clinicians but also professionals like pharmaceutics, administrators, managers, marketers, lab assistants, investors and shareholders. An industry comprising of such a large number of people, furthermore has to deal with large amounts of unstructured and cluttered data; data related to, patients’ medical history, diagnosis, clinical-trials, treatments, medicines, clerical data, research & administrative data etc. To add to it, this critical data resides in numerous places like physicians notes, individual EMRs, CRM systems etc. Gathering and making sense of this data has not only proved time consuming for clinical staff but also unproductive. Modern technology is required to analyse these large quantities of data in order to make better-quality decisions which in turn leads to superior healthcare.

Optimum Utility with Big Data Technology

Healthcare organizations are leveraging this technology to capture all the information about a patient to get a comprehensive insight into complete patient care. Big data helps to convert large amounts of messy data into critical and relevant data. It provides healthcare institutions with a stronger capability in developing preventive and long-term care services. It facilitates healthcare providers to build sustainable healthcare systems, improve collaboration between the different healthcare entities and increase patient access to healthcare.

Role of Big Data in Healthcare Operations

It aims to make patient diagnosis and treatment uniform the world over. So far, physicians and doctors have used their personal judgement in order to treat patients for various illnesses. However, there has been a paradigm shift towards evidence-based data wherein the doctor reviews clinical data and makes treatment decisions based on the best available information. It also aims to help the industry address problems related to escalating healthcare spend. Using the analytics, researchers can mine data to see what treatment is the best for a particular disease, identify patterns related to that disease and gain other important information thereby enhancing patient care and reducing overall healthcare costs.

Future of Healthcare in Australia

To state that the future of healthcare lies in the further influx of technology is very much stating the obvious. Over the decades of the twentieth century we have seen a great deal of technological advancements in all spheres of human life and this includes the medical, clinical and communication spheres. These advancements combined have greatly enhanced the levels of healthcare practice & delivery across Australia and of course through the rest of the world.

As we are now firmly into the 21st century, the pace of technological advancements is only gather further pace while their percolation into the mainstream hasn’t been more faster ever before. The opening of the first ever fully integrated digital hospital in Queensland, Australia provides the proof of this, if such a thing was actually required.

Based on the past history and the present scenario, the future of the Australian Healthcare system therefore can be summarized in three parts as seen below:

Going further & father

Healthcare providers now have the technology to reach the furthest populace. Various options such as – remote patient consulting and telemedicine facilities – have revolutionized the ability of delivering healthcare to the farthest ends of the geographical extremities. Patients can now consult with the doctors, despite being miles away from the clinic. With the use of technology hospitals and healthcare providers are now able to go further than they ever have been to reach that section of the populace which may have thus far been outside its net.

Improving communication facilities have allowed patient’s the option of being in touch with the hospital in multiple ways. Apps, widgets and social media provide for a whole new concept of patient-doctor relationship.

Integrated & Unified approach

As the entire Australian landmass stands at the cusp of being integrated into the National Broadband Network, the opportunities that lie ahead for the healthcare sector are innumerable. Patient data can be integrated and made available on a unified platform. Healthcare provides can access this data whenever there is a patient touch-point and offer better medical advice.

Personalized Care

As more and more people are brought into the National Broadband Network, it allows for healthcare service providers to build personalized health solutions based on specific needs. Healthcare service providers can remain in touch with the patients and monitor their health on a periodic base without the need for the patients to be visiting the clinic. This allows for service providers to prescribe personalized health care solutions which act as preventive procedures against certain diseases.

Dental Insurance Plans Are Different Than Healthcare Policies

While some healthcare plans cover 100 percent of certain treatments, most dental plans do not. In general, these insurance plans provide coverage that is more like discount coupons than like normal healthcare insurance. Many plans cover yearly X-rays and cleanings twice a year, however, it may come as a surprise that they do not cover the cost of fillings or other treatments. Most plans require a co-pay for treatments.

Be sure that dental insurance is the right choice for you before you buy your own plan. Often, people whose employers do not provide dental coverage find that the cost of insurance far outweighs the out-of-pocket costs for the screenings and treatment they will need.

In many situations, insurers limit benefits for dental services to what they call “usual customary, and reasonable. Yet these companies grossly underestimate the actual costs for these procedures. Even people with dental insurance, therefore, are stuck paying hefty out-of-pocket fees to make up the difference.

Dental insurance classifies treatments

Most dental insurance policies break down services into three categories, which range from serious to routine. Those classifications determine how much the plan will cover. Most dental plans offer little coverage for the most serious procedures-leaving patients with expensive procedures to pay huge out-of-pocket costs. Routine treatments, such as fillings, are usually have partial coverage, generally around 70 percent. Screenings and cleanings, though, are usually covered by all dental plans.

Cosmetic treatments usually not covered

Dental insurance plans do not usually cover any of the costs of cosmetic treatments, unless one can prove that the procedure is medically necessary. The entire cost of such treatments must be borne by the patient.

The world of dental insurance can be both confusing and frustrating for many patients. Most dental insurance plans are not all-inclusive. Many are listed as “discount coupon” plans, where basic services are fully covered and other services may not be covered or may only be partially covered.

When it comes to getting some dental work done, be sure to complete your research so there are no surprises when it comes time to pay the bill. Make sure that your dentist has the knowledge to help you decide if a dental insurance policy is right for you. If you’re frustrated by the choices you have, contact your dentist to discuss your various insurance options, your local dentist may have a solution catered specifically to you and your family’s needs.

5 Reasons Why You Need a Global Health Care Consultant

Planning a medical tour is not everyone’s cup of tea, because hey, it isn’t a recreational holiday. You might miss out on a lot of aspects when making a health travel to another country, and will be unable to do anything about it while in midst of your treatment.

To reduce this burden off your head, there are numerous travel consultants who can organize a travel plan for you, but not many general travel consultants will understand the requirements and arrangements of a medical tour.

Read on to find out why you should hire a Global Heath Care Consultant for your medical travel abroad!

Expertise and Experience

The global health care consultant has knowledge about health and medical tourism, and has expertise in planning it, because your consultant is aware of the necessities and facilities that need to be arranged, and knows exactly where to go to arrange for what you will need.

Language Considerations

When you go to a country, and do not know the language, it becomes very difficult to convey your needs to the person standing in front of you. And a miscommunication may lead to problems.

A health travel consultant will arrange for the facilities and needs on your behalf, and put you in places where people will understand your language and you will be able to communicate freely and clearly.

Cost Saving

A health travel is no doubt, a costly affair. However, avoid the unnecessary costs by hiring a global health care consultant. With the right resources at hand, and with the ability to extract the same services at a lower rate, your global health care consultant will make health travel a lot cheaper.

Find the best hospitals

Trust your health care consultant to find the best-in-class hospitals to deliver the treatment you are seeking. Your agent will find the best suitable country and hospital, to make sure that your treatment doesn’t lack quality.

Save Time

Since the travel agent is an expert at fixing things according to your needs, he can fix for everything you’ll need in a jiffy. Thus, you’ll end up saving a lot of time, and can have a peaceful trip.

Your global health care consultant will be one of the best friends you make, because he will make your medical trip stress free and smooth.

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mHealth Connectivity Defining the Future of Healthcare

An explosion of converging technologies and super trends in medical electronic products have roiled together over the past 2 years and shaped a disruptive combination for the medical industry call Mobile Health (mHealth). There is an old aerospace motto prevalent in that industries’ push to improve time-to-market and increase competitiveness “Faster, Better, Cheaper.” mHealth steps it up by adding “Connected” and “Convenient” to this trio making an extraordinarily challenging environment for the healthcare industry that is now thoroughly intertwined with the Mobile Application, AppCessory, Analytics and Wireless industries. Much like aerospace the healthcare industry and its myriad devices and processes was for decades moving at its own pace.

Today, the proliferation of medical devices and their applications (often controlled by mobile devices) are everywhere; in hospitals and clinics, in patients homes, on their phones and tablets and on their bodies as they work and play, making treating and diagnosing more expedient and stretching security of information systems to the limit. Some fields seemed immune to this influx, certain disciplines such as spinal surgeries, implantable devices, but in a short time it has become clear that this is not the case. Wireless communications and the Big Data Analytics performed on supercomputing cloud platforms have brought tremendous breakthroughs even here.

Medical Device Connectivity via wireless devices, sophisticated analytics and information security features are employed by an ever increasing number of medical devices. Studies indicate that 50% of people say this will improve health care, while 86% of physicians believe that these inter-connected devices and applications will become essential to physicians for management of health care over the next 5 years. As a matter of fact, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is scheduled to review a record number of mHealth apps in 2015 as companies answer to demand for more sophisticated mHealth devices.

Mobile technology is, as with so many other fields, defining the future of healthcare. Recent trends show decisively, that patients do not want to pay for this extra convenience. Therefore, companies that focus on reimbursement strategies of connecting the patient to the healthcare ecosystems will be creating these applications with a dual purpose, by providing the analytics and outcomes that are needed for caregivers to get paid. Companies who are on board early are aware that it is this type of innovation that allows them to stay in the game and they will take market share from those who lag behind in adopting it.

In 2015 privacy will yield to accessibility as patients embrace the myriad of digital devices and their services emerging on the market. Gamification, and do-it-yourself tools will be what keeps them motivated and engaged; improving one dull and typically less controllable point in health care programs, patient compliance. Reimbursement models based upon the health information that these systems collect and analyze will begin to provide quantifiable data to support outcomes-based results. This will drive change as it begins to remove the physician from the feedback loop thereby driving change in this culture. As real, meaningful, useful and real-time data becomes available caregivers will relinquish control of certain aspect of care, but gain tremendous insight and decision-supporting information.

Connected and intuitive electronic devices prescribed by clinicians can accomplish so much when acting in concert to satisfy the public’s yearning for convenience that Qualcomm has created an X Prize competition of its own to usher this era in. The 10 million dollar “Tricorder” prize will undergo consumer testing, in 2015 and final judging in early 2016.

The devices are expected to accurately diagnose 16 health conditions – 13 required core conditions and a choice of three elective conditions – in addition to capturing five real-time health vital signs, independent of a health care worker or facility, and in a way that provides a compelling consumer experience.”

The next audacious dare will be not only seamless, streaming secure and HIPAA-compliant data from these colossally capable devices, but genuine interactive systems. Once systems are truly interactive a more complete well-rounded suite of care models that address core issues affecting outcomes and management of chronic health can be developed to better manage high-expense conditions in much lower-cost locations.

Finally, in just 15 years Millennials, the generation shaped by the internet revolution will make up 75% of the work force. Millennials value technologies that deliver personalized experiences, real-time feedback, flexibility, and convenience. They are using mobile technologies to create communities of personalized support, to socialize and interact with the world. Their impact is driving companies to reconsider how to accomplish these advances in the New Health Economy.

Understanding Care Services: NHS Continuing Health Care

What Is NHS Continuing Health Care?

In England, NHS Continuing Health Care (NHSCHC) is care funded by the NHS. It is available for people aged 18 and above and is provided to meet physical or mental health care needs that have arisen through disability, accident or illness. NHSCHC is care that takes place away from a hospital. Care can be provided in your home or in residential accommodation.

Who Qualifies for NHS Continuing Health Care?

You will qualify for NHSCHC if you are assessed as having a primary health need. The NHS Choices website provides a very unhelpful circular definition of this. A primary health need, it is explained, is one that is on-going and substantial and is related to your health. An assessment will take into account the nature and complexity of your needs; the intensity and severity of your needs, and the unpredictability of your needs.

How Do You Get NHS Continuing Health Care?

In short, you need to be assessed. The assessment is carried out by a multidisciplinary NHS team. There is no right to an assessment, but if it seems that you might need NHSCHC then the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for your area must carry out an assessment.

The fact that you have a long term medical condition is not, of itself, a qualification for NHSCHC. However, the following circumstances are likely to suggest that an assessment is appropriate. 1. Where you are due to be discharged from hospital and you have long term needs, 2 Where a period of intermediate care has come to an end, 3. Where your health declines significantly, 4. Where you are approaching the end of your life, 5. Where you reside in a nursing home and your health care needs are under review and 6. Where your health and social care needs are being assessed as part of a community care assessment.

In most circumstances, there is a two stage assessment process. The first stage is an initial assessment. The purpose of this is to decide if you need a full assessment. The initial assessment may be completed by a doctor, social worker or other health care professional.

The full assessment is carried out by two or more health and/or care professionals. The assessment looks at the following criteria: behaviour, cognition (understanding), communication, psychological/emotional needs, mobility, nutrition (food and drink), continence, skin (including wounds and ulcers), breathing, symptom control through drug therapies and medication, altered states of consciousness, other significant needs.

Each of those criteria (or domains) is assessed on the following scale: no needs, low needs, moderate needs, high needs, severe needs or priority needs. The criteria in bold are assessed, on the full scale, from low through to priority. The criteria in italics are assessed from low to severe. The remainder are assessed from low through to high.

You will be eligible for NHSCHC if one or more criteria are assessed at the priority level or two or more criteria are assessed as severe. You may also be eligible if one criteria is assessed as severe and you have needs assessed in a number or other criteria or a number of criteria are assessed as high and/or moderate.

A two stage assessment is obviously a little time consuming. It can take 28 days from the initial assessment to determine you eligibility by way of a full assessment. Clearly in some cases this is far too slow. There is, therefore, a fast track procedure that can be used where your condition is worsening and/or you are terminally ill.

What Is the Cost of NHS Continuing Health Care?

There is no cost to you if you qualify for NHSCHC.

Who Provides NHS Continuing Health Care Services?

NHSCHC services can be provided by any number of health professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and domiciliary carers. When you are assessed as being eligible for NHSCHC, you will be allocated a personal health budget. This is an amount of money that is used to support the needs that you have. It is similar to the personal budgets allocated by social services to support social care needs.

Just as with a social care personal budget, you can ask for your personal health budget to be paid to you in the form of a direct payment. A direct payment puts you in control of choosing who supplies your services. You don’t have to do this. You may, however, enjoy the freedom and choice that direct payments give you.