Program to help patients receive hospital care at home, officials say

Program to help patients receive hospital care at home, officials say
A new program will help patients with key appropriate healthcare in their homes during a key time, officials said Friday. (Source: Quinn, Destiny)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A new program will help patients with key appropriate healthcare in their homes during a key time, officials said Friday.

According to a media release from St. Bernards Healthcare, St. Bernards Medical Center received approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the program, called St. Bernards AcuteHealth at Home.

Officials said the program will allow patients to get daily evaluations from nurses, either in person or remotely, and two in-person visits by registered nurses or paramedics.

St. Bernards Healthcare President and CEO Chris Barber said the program will provide a key service for patients.

“We anticipate this model resulting in improved patient experiences, outcomes and reduced healthcare costs as individuals receive hospital-level care from the comforts of home,” Barber said in the media release. “St. Bernards appreciates CMS granting this waiver and the vision the agency shares with Provider Health Systems to improve patient care throughout Arkansas.”

To be eligible, a patient has to be admitted from a hospital emergency department or an in-patient hospital bed.

“In addition, they receive screenings for both medical and non-medical factors, including the presence of working utilities, an assessment of physical barriers and a review of domestic violence concerns,” officials said in the media release.

The hospital will start accepting its first patients in the next few weeks, hospital officials said in the media release.

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