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The Aging in Place movement has been extended to hospital-level care at home. The door opened with changes to Medicare, hospitals eager to reduce overcrowding during the CoVid pandemic, and insurers who want to slow health care spending.
Under this model, patients with certain medical conditions, such as pneumonia, heart failure or moderate Covid, are offered high-acuity care in their homes, with 24/7 remote monitoring and daily visits by medical providers.
Patients are typically visited in their homes daily by various health workers. Physicians make home visits in some programs, but most employ doctors to oversee care from remote command centers, talking with patients via various electronic gadgets.
Kaiser Permanente and the Mayo Clinic recently announced to collectively invest $100 million into Medically Home, a Boston-based company that provides such services to scale up and expand their programs. The two organizations estimate that 30% of patients currently admitted to hospitals nationally have conditions eligible for in-home care.
Several other well-known hospital systems launched programs last summer. They join about two dozen already offering the service, including Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Is Your Living Room the Future of Hospital Care? | Kaiser Health News (khn.org)