The Nation’s Largest Gathering of Hospital at Home Programs and Experts
The last year has been a period of exciting, even transformational growth for hospital at home programs across the country. Spurred by the CMS Acute Hospital Care at Home waiver, concerns about hospital patient safety during the COVID pandemic, and media coverage of the model’s potential, health systems and hospitals have taken notice. They are developing programs in urban, suburban, and rural settings and exploring how acute care for a wide range of patients and diagnoses can be delivered safely and effectively at home. As the public health emergency ends and the federal government considers whether or how to continue the waiver, all hospital at home programs must consider how to both improve their patient care and respond to an uncertain future.
During this period, the Hospital at Home Users Group™, with ongoing support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, has grown dramatically. We now include more than 65 organizational Members and nearly 170 Affiliates. We have expanded our technical assistance, launched a webinar series, and have created a vibrant learning community for new and existing programs. We look forward to helping this group of pioneering initiatives sustain their work in the months and years ahead.
It was an opportune moment for the 2021 Users Group Annual Meeting, which took place online, October 28, 2021, as a pre-conference to the American Academy of Home Care Medicine’s meeting. More than 400 people registered for the meeting and enjoyed a dynamic day-long program including a literature from Al Siu, MD, MSPH, poster presentations, panel discussions, an World Hospital at Home Congress update from Michael Montalto, PhD, MBBS, and a keynote from CMS’s Lee Fleisher, MD.
We are just starting to plan for next year’s meeting, which will be another pre-conference to the AAHCM. Please check back for more information in the coming weeks!