When Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, NM, offered patients a choice between being hospitalized or receiving comparable care at home, 93% opted to stay home. The 323 patients cared for through the Hospital at Home program were more satisfied and had outcomes that were equivalent to or better than 2405 similar patients who were hospitalized in the same system, according to a study published in Health Affairs in June (Cryer L et al. Health Aff (Millwood). doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2011.1132 [published online June 5, 2012]). Plus, care for Hospital at Home patients cost 19% less than that for comparable patients in the hospital, largely because they were “discharged” more quickly than hospitalized patients and had fewer laboratory and diagnostic tests.
Kuehn BM. Hospital at Home Program Cuts Costs, Improves Patient Health and Satisfaction. JAMA. 2012;308(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.7420