‘Par for the Course’: Why Hospital-at-Home Models Took So Long to Catch On

“This really isn’t a new model.” That’s what many home-based care operators and health systems think after they’re asked about the recent hospital-at-home boom in the U.S. In actuality, hospital-at-home models surfaced in the 1990s. Early adopters included Johns Hopkins University, which pioneered its own concept — and proved that it worked — decades before […]

CMS Launches ‘Unprecedented’ Hospital-at-Home Strategy to Manage Latest COVID-19 Surge

In an effort to increase hospital capacity amid the current COVID-19 surge, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday announced “unprecedented” flexibilities around providing hospital-level care for patients in their homes. Similar to CMS’s recent allowances surrounding telehealth, the agency’s latest efforts are focused on lifting barriers that could potentially hinder […]

Home-Based Medical Care Can Reduce Hospitalizations and Lower Costs — But It’s Still Underutilized

While home-based medical care has been shown to reduce hospitalization rates and lower costs for both homebound and non-homebound populations alike, it continues to be drastically underutilized in the current health care ecosystem. As a result, there are millions of older Americans — especially those living in rural areas — who are going without the […]

Hospital-at-Home Programs Ready to Play Critical Role If Coronavirus Cases Spike

Across the country, state and federal officials are trying to solve one crucial problem: how to increase hospital capacity as the number of acute COVID-19 cases increases. Some — including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo — have recently called for the retrofitting of existing non-medical buildings. Others have suggested turning low-occupancy skilled nursing facilities into […]

Hospital-at-Home Models, Home Health Partners Primed to Disrupt US Health Care System

With a shared goal of shifting more care into the home and improving patient health outcomes at a lower overall cost, hospital-at-home programs and at-home care providers are natural allies. But there are a number of hurdles that stand in the way of partnership opportunities truly taking off. Broadly, hospital-at-home programs attempt to provide acute, […]

Full Care Spectrum Will One Day Be Provided In People’s Homes

The full continuum of care will likely be provided in people’s homes in the not-so-distant future. That includes everything from informal and formal personal care services to skilled home health and home-based primary care, experts say. It even includes emerging hospital-at-home models, though the lack of an existing supply chain may present a serious hurdle. “Home-based […]

Poor Communication Between Home Health, Doctors Leaves Patients ‘Lost in the Wilderness’

Despite ongoing efforts to provide seamless transitions of care, patients’ journeys from hospital to home still remain full of gaps. Persistent, systemic lapses in communication between doctors, home health providers and patients may be largely to blame. Continuity in care, when achieved, gives patients greater confidence, engagement and trust in the overall medical care being […]

Johns Hopkins Studies Broken Communication Between Home Health, Doctors

Home health care providers know the struggle of coordinating well with physicians, and research underway could shed light on how communication between the two groups is failing—and what can be done to improve it. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore are undertaking a study that will seek to understand how home health care agencies interact […]