Quality Matters Archive

Quality Matters reported on emerging models and trends in health care delivery reform and interviews with leaders in the field. Please read its successor, Transforming Care.

  • August/September 2011 Issue
"Hospital at Home" Programs Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs But Face Resistance from Providers and Payers

Hospital at home programs, which enable patients to receive acute care at home, have proven effective in reducing complications while cutting the cost of care by 30 percent or more, leading to entrepreneurial efforts to promote their use. But widespread adoption of the model in the U.S. has been hampered by physicians' concerns about patient safety, as well as legal risk, and by the reluctance of payers, including Medicare, to reimburse providers for delivering services in home settings.

Hospital at Home Program in New Mexico Improves Care Quality and Patient Satisfaction While Reducing Costs

An integrated delivery system in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been able to better meet the needs of its population by offering certain patients the option of being treated in their homes instead of the hospital. The program reduced the average length of stay and cost of care, while improving patient satisfaction.

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