DispatchHealth Launches New Hospital-at-Home, Telehealth Programs with MultiCare

DispatchHealth announced Tuesday that it has teamed up with MultiCare — a Tacoma, Washington-based health system — to offer care through a new hospital-at-home program. The news comes roughly two weeks after the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made a major announcement about allowing “unprecedented” flexibilities when it comes to offering hospital-level […]

New Hospital-at-Home Waiver Program Is ‘Another Step Forward’ for Home-Based Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week took extraordinary steps toward increasing the U.S. health care system’s capacity by shifting more acute care into the home. In a Wednesday announcement, CMS unveiled new, comprehensive flexibilities that allow hospitals to provide their services “in locations beyond their existing walls.” To secure those flexibilities, […]

After Saving $6,200 Per Patient, DispatchHealth Looks to Scale Hospital-at-Home Model

Last November, in-home care provider DispatchHealth partnered with a payer and launched Advanced Care, its own hospital-at-home model. The initial results of that model are in, after the provider “hospitalized” 27 patients within their own homes. Of the patients treated at home by DispatchHealth’s team, none were readmitted to the hospital within a 30-day period, […]

Humana’s Blueprints for Building Its ‘Home-Centric Ecosystem of Care Delivery Assets’

In 2019, Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) decided to reorganize its operations and create a dedicated business segment focused on the home. The Louisville, Kentucky-based health care organization has spent the past several months refining that home segment by fully mapping out its strategy and scope of services, according to its leader and president, Susan Diamond, […]

DispatchHealth Partnership Helps MultiCare Lower Its Total Cost of Care by $1,509 Per Patient

In 2018, home-based care provider DispatchHealth was enlisted by the health system MultiCare to reduce the overall cost of care in its network. The move immediately paid dividends. In the first full calendar year of collaboration, DispatchHealth was able to work with Tacoma, Washington-based MultiCare to divert 65% of patients away from the ER, according […]

In-Home Care Company DispatchHealth Raises $135.8M, Backed by Optum Ventures and Humana

While the coronavirus has strained the U.S. health care system, it has also helped divert tens of millions of dollars into the in-home care space. DispatchHealth is the latest example of that trend. On Tuesday, Denver, Colorado-based DispatchHealth announced it landed $135.8 million in growth capital, with Optum Ventures leading the Series C round. Since […]

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Affiliate Partners with In-Home Care Provider DispatchHealth

To better prevent hospital overcrowding and risk of exposure to the coronavirus, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) is partnering with DispatchHealth to deploy medical mobile units that can deliver in-home care to thousands of the insurer’s members. Denver-based DispatchHealth is a medical in-home care provider that works to reduce unnecessary emergency room […]

Mount Sinai at Home, Other Hospital-at-Home Models Proving Value Amid National Emergency

As health care experts eye the next two weeks as possible peaks for the nation’s COVID-19 hotspots, hospital systems continue to search for innovative ways to increase their capacity. So far, those solutions have included converting skilled nursing facilities (SNF) into coronavirus-specific field hospitals and bringing in U.S. Navy medical ships for added support. Hospital-at-home […]

Payer, Health System Interest in Hospital-at-Home Models ‘Has Been Exploding’

Despite the hospital-at-home model existing for over 20 years, its popularity in the U.S. has been slow to gain significant traction. But the model made huge strides in 2019, with the implementation of a number of programs across the country. Generally, hospital-at-home programs attempt to provide acute, hospital-level care in the home as an alternative […]

Hospitals, Physicians Aren’t Screening for Social Determinants of Health

Addressing social determinants of health has become the topic of the moment in health care. Despite being a popular talking point and area of focus for home care agencies, many hospitals and physician practices aren’t screening for SDoH barriers. In fact, only 24% of hospitals and 16% of physician practices screen for recommended social determinants […]