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In a Boston Globe article published this week, momentum appears to be on the side of a new “hospital at home” pilot being conducted by doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).
The pilot, which involves sending doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to provide treatment and monitoring in the patient’s home, was designed as part of a larger population health management effort within Partners that seeks to reduce costs for insurers and patients alike, while improving quality of care. And while the in-home pilot is relatively new, success at other organizations from around the country bodes well for its chances in Massachusetts.
Case in point, the Globe reports that research published in JAMA Internal Medicine discovered the cost of a home admission was on average $2,000 less per patient than a hospital stay, and that Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque found a cost savings of 19 percent. Other studies, also reported on by the Globe, have shown that in-home care reduces costs, often results in “lower infection and readmission rates” and that patients are “simply happier” with the quality of care they receive in their own homes.
"We are delighted to be collaborating with MGH and BWH on these innovative programs," says Rey Spadoni, President of Partners HealthCare at Home. "In partnership with Population Health Management, we are confident that home-based programs such as these can help Partners meet its broader goals of improving outcomes, enhancing patient satisfaction and driving new efficiencies. In many ways, they are glimpse into the future of health care."
Read the full story, and see the positive impact these efforts have had with Brigham patients like Dr. William Terry, in the Boston Globe.