Hospital at home model of care is safe, saves money and is suitable for a variety of patients

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Intravenous news: Medpage Today reports “A program that provides hospital-like care in a patient’s own home was 19% less expensive than treating patients in the hospital, according to researchers who tested the Hospital at Home model at a health system in New Mexico. In addition, patients who received care at home had comparable and in some cases better clinical outcomes than similar inpatients, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

The mean “length of stay” for Hospital at Home patients was 1.2 days shorter than that of the inpatient group (3.3 days compared with 4.5), according to the researchers, led by Lesley Cryer, RN, executive director of the Home Healthcare Division of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, in Albuquerque. Hospital at Home patients also experienced slightly lower rates of falls (0% versus 0.8%), and fewer Hospital at Home patients died during the study period (0.93% versus 3.4%).”

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