The more than 11,000 patients who received care during the first 16 months of the Acute Hospital Care at Home initiative had a low mortality rate and minimal complications related to escalations back to the brick-and-mortar hospital, according to a study reported Friday in JAMA Health Forum. CMS launched the initiative in November 2021 to address the COVID-19 public health emergency and concerns about hospital bed capacity. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 extended the CMS initiative through December 2024.
 
“The law also requires hospitals to provide additional data to CMS to monitor the quality of care, and for CMS to undertake a comprehensive study of the AHCAH initiative by September 30, 2024,” the authors note. “This study, data review, and additional monitoring will be important for identifying best practices that support safe and effective inpatient-level care delivered in the home environment.”

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