The additions bring the total of participating hospitals to 56. The program is meant to expand hospital capacity by treating some patients in their homes. It expands on the Hospitals Without Walls program announced in March.
“We’re at a new level of crisis response with COVID-19, and CMS is leveraging the latest innovations and technology to help health care systems that are facing significant challenges to increase their capacity to make sure patients get the care they need,” Verma said in November when the Acute Hospital Care at Home program was announced. “Our job is to make sure that CMS regulations are not standing in the way of patient care for COVID-19 and beyond.”
The five hospitals added: St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, Smithtown, NY; St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, NY; Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip, NY; Clairborne Memorial Medical Center, Homer, LA; and Michigan Medicine – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.