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Hospital at Home Services

Hospital at Home (H@H) offers eligible patients the same level of acute care as those admitted to hospitals, including diagnostic studies, therapies and treatments. In fact, their official status is that of an inpatient in a licensed hospital bed — although they are monitored, cared for and discharged at home.

H@H is attractive for rural and community hospital executives looking for options to expand services and improve access to healthcare services in their service area. 

More than 60 different conditions — including congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and, of course, COVID — can be treated at home with proper monitoring.

How it Works

Initial assessment and intake currently must take place at a hospital. A patient may avoid a traditional hospital admission altogether by transferring to H@H care directly from the emergency department, or an inpatient may complete their hospitalization at home once they are clinically ready, and mobile medical equipment and other supports are in place.

Advanced telemedicine technologies, wearable monitoring devices and emergency alert buttons link patients to a 24/7 command center. Capabilities include minute-by-minute monitoring of vitals, and regular attending physician-patient consults via HIPAA-compliant telehealth sessions. A registered nurse makes home visits at least twice daily, and other healthcare workers — such as respiratory therapists, phlebotomists, dietitians, and radiographers — provide hands-on care as needed.

Benefits

  • Shorter length of stay
  • Reduced readmission rates 
  • Prevented hospital-acquired infections 
  • Increased access to care for rural populations
  • Improved patient satisfaction
  • Reduced patient stress
  • Increased access to care
  • Lower healthcare costs

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Community hospitals benefit by offering hospital-at-home services

Jim Kendrick, CEO of Community Hospital Corporation, shares helpful information about hospital at home services in this edition of the Modern Healthcare Executive Insight.

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CHC is Here to Help

CHC offers H@H support for community hospitals, from the application and implementation process through technology needs to day-to-day operations.

Team up with CHC to implement and operate your H@H program. Through our joint venture with Resilient Healthcare, we offer experience, expertise and guidance around the many potential pitfalls of H@H implementation. 

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Hospital at Home

The American Hospital Association and other advocates are lobbying to make the Hospital at Home program introduced during the pandemic permanent based on data suggesting that home-based care results in better outcomes for patients. This white paper outlines the benefits of H@H for patients, family members and hospitals. It also covers requirements and considerations for community hospital leaders interested in implementing an H@H program.

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