Patient acuity levels
The Council for Pediatric Home Care, of which PHS is a founding member, developed and utilizes a standardized tool to assess patient acuity levels. Patients are assigned points in six categories (Medical Risk, Complexity, Predictability, Stability, Environmental Risk, Level of Hospital Care) and then given an acuity score of low (6-10 points), medium (11-15 points), or high (16-21 points).
The Acuity Scale is used to determine level of skill and experience for staffing, anticipated outcomes, the predictability of hospital readmissions/ER visits, and reimbursement rate.
Most PHS patients are designated as high acuity, according to standards set by the Council for Pediatric Home Care and require a high level of care that demands advanced skills and experience. PHS has been specializing in home health care for children with medical complexities since opening its doors in 1990.
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