Pilot program offers acute home care treatment to Medicare patients
EDISON, NJ, February 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Hackensack Meridian Health, from New Jersey largest and most integrated healthcare network, is pleased to announce the launch of home hospital at JFK University Medical center in Edisona program that provides high-quality acute care in a Medicare patient’s home and can ultimately be scaled to a broader patient population.
“Health care continues to expand beyond hospital walls and this new program will help us advance strategies to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction while making care more affordable,” said declared Robert C. GarrettFACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.
The program is created through a Medicare waiver, which allows hospitals to provide acute home care to Medicare patients. The network will select patients based on factors that include diagnoses that often lead to frequent and costly hospital readmissions: uncomplicated congestive heart failure (CHF), pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cellulitis.
Initially, the program will admit a few patients per week and provide the following home-delivered services: two nurse visits per day; medicines delivered to your home, including infusions; rehabilitation visits as needed; remote patient monitoring that includes pulse, blood pressure, heart rate, weight and temperature. Nutritious meals and home health support can be provided as needed.
The program was created during the COVID-19 pandemic to help hospitals struggling with bed capacity. In November 2020the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a waiver called Acute Hospital Care at Home Waiver allowing hospitals to bill for acute care services patients receive at home.
“We are proud to bring this innovative program to our community, a very promising new approach to improving outcomes, addressing the needs of our patients, and continuing our efforts to transform care,” said Amie Thorntongeneral manager of the hospital JFK University Medical Center.
Research shows that these programs are at least as safe as hospital care and result in better clinical outcomes, higher patient satisfaction rates and lower healthcare costs. Patients have indicated that they want to receive care at home, especially during the pandemic. According to a recent poll, 85% of adults say the government should make expanding Medicare coverage for home health care a high priority.
Ultimately, the network plans to expand the program to other hospitals once the pilot has proven itself. Additionally, Hackensack Meridian Health believes that hospital at home can be greatly expanded to include patients who are not covered by Medicare.
“This program can also provide a great opportunity to expand care in underserved communities where transportation may be an issue,” Garrett said. “A major strategic priority of the network is to help reduce inequities in the delivery of care.”
About Hackensack Meridian Health
Meridian Hackensack Health is a leading not-for-profit healthcare organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and most truly integrated healthcare network in the world. New Jerseyoffering a full range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.
Meridian Hackensack Health includes 17 hospitals in Bergen at ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in HackensackJersey Shore University Medical Center in NeptuneJFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in HackensackK. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in HolmdelMountainside Medical Center in MontclairOcean Medical Center in BrickPalissades Medical Center in North of BergenPascack Valley Medical Center in WestwoodRaritan Bay Medical Center in old bridgeRaritan Bay Medical Center in Perth AmboyRiverview Medical Center in Red Bankand Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Beautiful Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and the Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.
Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care centers statewide, including outpatient care centers, surgical centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities. independent living, ambulance services, life-saving air medical transport, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Meridian Hackensack Health has more than 36,000 team members and 7,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in healthcare philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.
The network’s notable accolades include having more top-ranked hospitals than anyone else in New Jerseyas recognized US News and World Report. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey with the ranking of hospitals for adults and children No. 1.
The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the first private medical school in New Jersey in over 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its Nutley and Clifton campuses. The Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), housed in a fully renovated, state-of-the-art facility, seeks to translate current scientific innovations to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases, and other life-threatening diseases and conditions. disabling.
Additionally, the network has partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find cancer cures faster while ensuring patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where. they need it.
Meridian Hackensack Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, a leading, interstate consortium of health systems focused on sharing best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.
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