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UnityPoint At Home: Acute Hospital Care at Home Program

by | Apr 28, 2021

With an innovative eye on the future, UnityPoint At Home is shining bright. The Acute Hospital Care at Home model provides home-based care meeting patients’ needs with quality, convenience, and comfort. The model has proven to be effective in better quality outcomes, shorter lengths of stay and higher patient satisfaction all while lowering overall cost of care. In the fall of 2020, the UnityPoint at Home Acute Hospital Care at Home program was one of six national health systems approved for a new CMS Acute Hospital Care at Home demonstration. UnityPoint at Home was poised to operationalize this CMS demonstration and was the first in the nation in February 2021 to admit and bill for patients.

As an industry leader in acute hospital care delivery in the home, UnityPoint at Home has received national attention:

Mag VanOosten(photo, above), president and chief clinical officer for UnityPoint at Home, has participated in national discussions on this model, including:

  • Health Management Academy’s (HMA) Population Health Collaborative: Home-Based and Community Care Models: Building a Cohesive System Strategy. The discussion informed population health leaders about aligning non-acute and non-physician services, achieving ‘system-ness’ in operations, and key considerations for building and scaling differentiated services. Mag was joined on the panel by Joseph Schulman of Northwell Health and Robert Hellrigel of Providence.
  • National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOs) Innovating Through Acute Hospital at Home Programs: The Integrative Platform for ACOs. The presentation at the NAACOs spring conference addressed Hospital at Home programs, components for an effective program, success indicators, and lessons learned. Mag was joined on the panel by Debbie Welle-Powell, Essentia Health, Linda DeCherrie, Mount Sinai at Home, and Doug Clarke, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).