KEY FEATURES. Offers patients who need to be hospitalized the option of receiving hospital-level care at home for conditions that can be safely treated there. TARGET POPULATION. Patients who require hospitalization for conditions with well-defined treatment protocols, such as congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. WHY IT'S IMPORTANT. Patients often are more comfortable receiving care in a familiar home environment. For the frail and elderly in particular, hospital stays can pose a variety of health threats, including delirium, infections, and falls. Hospitals also have high fixed costs. BENEFITS. Excluding physician fees, the average cost of caring for patients at home rather than the hospital is 19 percent lower. Clinical outcomes are comparable or better, while patient satisfaction is higher. CHALLENGES. A sufficient and predictable number of enrolled patients is needed to develop economies of scale and justify the investment in dedicated staff.
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