Alex D. Federman, MD, MPH; Tacara Soones, MD, MPH; Linda V. DeCherrie, MD; et al
Invited Commentary: Hospital-at-Home Care Programs—Is the Hospital of the Future at Home?; Joshua M. Liao, MD, MSc; Amol Navathe, MD, PhD; Matthew J. Press, MD, MSc
JAMA Intern Med. Published online June 25, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.2562
Question What is the association of providing hospital-at-home care bundled with a 30-day postacute period of home-based transitional care with clinical outcomes and patients’ experiences compared with traditional inpatient care?
Findings This case-control study with 507 participants found that compared with patients receiving inpatient care, patients receiving hospital-at-home care had shorter length of stay; lower rates of 30-day hospital readmission, emergency department visits, and skilled nursing facility admissions; and better ratings of care. There were no differences in the rates of adverse events.
Meaning Hospital-at-home care bundled with a 30-day episode of postacute transitional care may be a safe and effective alternative to inpatient care for some patients./.../