If your doctor or healthcare provider has prescribed infusion therapy for you or your loved one, you may be referred to receive treatment at home or an alternate treatment site from Option Care Health. Whether you’re new to infusion therapy or just a new patient of ours, we understand that you might have questions about how infusion therapy works and what our staff can do for you.
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- ¿Qué es la terapia de infusión?
Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. It is usually prescribed when a patient’s condition cannot be treated with oral medication.
- Is home infusion therapy safe?
Home and alternate site infusion therapy is a proven, safe and effective alternative to hospital inpatient care.[*]Bhole, M. V., Burton, J., & Chapel, H. M. (2008). Self-infusion programmes for immunoglobulin replacement at home: Feasibility, safety and efficacy. Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America,28(4), 821-832. [*]Souayah, N., Hasan, A., Khan, H., et al. (2011). The safety profile of home infusion of intravenous immunoglobulin in patients with neuroimmunologic disorders.Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease, 12(suppl 4), S1-10. For most people, receiving treatment at home or in an alternate treatment setting, like an infusion suite, is preferable to hospital inpatient care. It can provide comfort and convenience for patients and offers less interruption to their daily activities. It can also be a cost-effective alternative to expensive hospital stays.[*]Home infusion therapy: Differences between Medicare and private insurers’ coverage. (2010, June). United States Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Requesters. Accessed July 23, 2012: http://www.gao.gov/assets/310/305261.pdf. [*]Einodshofer, M. (2012). A plan for medical specialty medications – increase member access, affordability and outcomes while decreasing plan costs. Presented at: 2012 Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute Annual Drug Benefit Conference; 2012 Feb. 22-24; Scottsdale, Ariz.
- ¿Qué tipos de terapias se pueden administrar por vía intravenosa en el hogar?
Option Care Health specializes in providing a wide range of home infusion therapies, including but not limited to:
AI – Anti-infective infusion therapy (antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral therapy)
NS – Nutrition support infusion therapy (enteral and parenteral nutrition)
IG – Immunoglobulin infusion therapy (immunodeficiency and autoimmune therapy)
HF – Heart failure infusion therapy (inotropic therapy)
BD – Bleeding disorders infusion therapy (factor replacement therapy)
- ¿Qué afecciones se pueden tratar con terapia de infusión?
Trabajamos en estrecha colaboración con los médicos y proveedores de asistencia médica para ocuparnos clínicamente de los pacientes que sufren una amplia variedad de afecciones crónicas, entre ellas:
- Enfermedades infecciosas
- Trastornos nutricionales/gastrointestinales
- Cáncer y trastornos hemáticos
- Deficiencias inmunitarias principales
- Trastornos autoinmunitarios
- Insuficiencia cardíaca en etapa final
- Apoyo pre y postransplante
- ¿Soy candidato para la terapia de infusión en el hogar o en un centro alternativo?
The decision to receive infusion therapy in the home or at an alternate site is made between you and your doctor or healthcare provider. Several factors are considered before a patient can receive infusion therapy in the home, including the patient’s and/or caregiver’s desire and willingness to comply with therapy and the presence of a safe and appropriate home environment.
- ¿Cómo recibo mi terapia de infusión en el hogar o centro alternativo? ¿Quién la administra?
Once a patient is discharged from the hospital and ready to receive therapy outside of the hospital setting, we will schedule an infusion appointment at the patient’s convenience. The infusion medication is then mixed in a local, accredited Option Care Health branch pharmacy that meets all industry safety and sterility standards. The medication is delivered to the patient and is administered by an experienced nurse specifically trained in infusion therapy.
- ¿Puedo viajar mientras recibo terapia de infusión?
Option Care Health regularly cares for patients who travel, work, coach baseball, play basketball, and do just about anything you can think of while on infusion therapy. We have state-of-the-art infusion devices that are lightweight and portable and require only a backpack, purse, or even a pocket for transport. Our nationwide network of nurses and pharmacies have the capability to support all of your infusion therapy needs while you travel for work or pleasure within the United States.
- ¿Mi seguro cubrirá la terapia de infusión?
Home and alternate site infusion care is covered by most insurance companies. Option Care Health is contracted with more than 800 health plans and will work with your insurance company to obtain patient benefit verification and authorization before starting treatment.
- ¿Qué programas de certificación y acreditación están disponibles para los proveedores de infusión en el hogar? ¿Es necesario contar con acreditación?
There are no specific regulations requiring an infusion provider to become accredited. However, in many instances, insurance companies require providers to be accredited to serve their patients. Accreditation ensures that the specialty infusion provider meets or exceeds all industry standards. All Option Care locations are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC).