The hospitals without walls program permits you to provide care in the home for patients but only if you follow these specific guidelines.
In November 2020, CMS issued a press release adding more depth to their “Hospitals Without Walls” program. The program permits hospitals to provide care to patients at home using proper monitoring and treatment protocols.
Hospitals Without Walls
The hospitals without walls initiative includes more than 60 different acute medical conditions such as asthma, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and more.
But, before starting care in the home, the patient must meet this criteria:
- Admitted as a patient from either an emergency department or inpatient hospital
- Evaluated by a physician in person
Once the program starts, a registered nurse must evaluate each patient daily, either in person or via remote means. And, two in person visits must occur daily either by a registered nurse or mobile integrated health paramedics. Which option depends upon the patients nursing plan and hospital policies.
This press release provides more information and brief feedback from hospitals that have piloted the program. In addition, it contains two FAQ documents that cover COVID-19 related care.
Patton Healthcare Consulting
Patton Healthcare Consulting can help you navigate the new normal. Our new remote consultation “Comprehensive Hybrid Readiness Review” is a hybrid remote/onsite support program. It is designed to assist with assessment and education to meet your needs going forward after this national emergency.
In addition, we understand the need for assistance without disrupting your organization or extensive costs. That’s the specific purpose of this program. Contact us at (888) PHC-INC1 for more information or email us at ExpertAdvice@PattonHC.com.