ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As Presbyterian Healthcare Services' Hospital at Home program reaches its 10-year mark, results include lowering readmission rates, meeting key quality outcomes and achieving 100 percent satisfaction among patients.
Hospital at Home was established in 2008, in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, to improve clinical outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and reduce costs. With Hospital at Home, patients receive the same care at home that they would have received in a hospital. It has served more than 1,320 patients.
"Hospital at Home is a national movement that has helped Presbyterian provide the right care, in the right setting, at the right cost for patients," said Nancy Guinn, MD, medical director, Presbyterian Healthcare at Home. "We are honored to have been part of this program for 10 years, and I am so proud of the team that does this important work."
In the program, patients are admitted, like they would be to the hospital, and medical equipment is brought into the home. Patients receive a daily visit from their doctor, and 1-2 visits from both a nurse and an aide. There is 24/7 coverage, including night triage and after-hours RN.
Common acute care diagnoses for Hospital at Home patients include community acquired pneumonia, cellulitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder and congestive heart failure. Presbyterian Health Plan is the only health plan in New Mexico that pays for Hospital at Home.
"Hospital at Home is really starting to catch on with health systems and payers around the country," said Bruce Leff, MD, professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a founder of the Hospital at Home model. "Presbyterian deserves tremendous credit for being in the vanguard of this movement and for being a national leader in Hospital at Home care."
About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of nine hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state's largest private employer with more than 12,000 employees.