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What Makes Hospital Care at Home Nursing Different

When thinking about the role of nurses, we often default to thinking about what happens within the hospital. With new modalities of care in new environments, however, today’s nursing jobs can take many different forms. At Contessa, we recognize that many nurses are seeking an alternative to hospital-based roles. Contessa’s nurses enjoy an experience that’s unique in three key areas:   Physical environment  People, knowledge, and training  Patient interaction and care plans  Physical Environment  The most obvious difference between types of nursing jobs is where the patient care takes place. The site of care delivery changes the way care is delivered.…

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Advantages for All: Why Contessa Partners with Medicare Advantage Plans

At Contessa, we strive to improve the healthcare process for patients, providers and payers. At the core of this concept is our managed care strategy, which is Contessa’s unique ability to partner with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to provide home-based clinical services through risk-based arrangements. Our high-touch models rely on a triad of telehealth, in-home clinical visits and other remote patient-monitoring services that enable patients to have better outcomes at lower costs. All of that makes partnering with payers who base their contracts on value – like most MA plans – a no-brainer for us.  Our hospital care at home…

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How Hospital Care at Home Supports Rural Healthcare

Over the last several decades, a combination of factors has left America’s small towns with fewer hospitals, clinics and doctors. All of these have harmed the patient experience, with long journeys to receive care becoming an unfortunate hallmark of small-town life. Through a combination of dedicated health systems, willing payers and up-to-date regulation, however, we can revitalize rural healthcare. And the main mechanism for doing so is through home hospital care models, like Contessa’s.

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Why the Monitoring Phase is Critical for Hospital Care at Home

While remote monitoring outside of the hospital is common, our teams gain in-depth knowledge of a patient and their health during a 30-day episode, all while in their home. Contess’s monitoring phase gives us the ability to intervene more quickly when needed and more accurately identify longitudinal patient needs.

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Why Nurses Prefer Contessa’s Hospital at Home Model

The world needs nurses more than ever. However, these essential providers are facing difficult conditions for delivering care and, subsequently, severe burnout, both of which are driving many away from the field. Having fewer nurses creates a cycle that places even more demands on the nurses still in hospitals, who are often asked to care for up to 20 patients per shift in the emergency department or other fast-paced specialties. Good nurses know that time with their patients is key to the healing process, but time is also something they have less and less of. There aren’t many immediate solutions…

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Stronger Together: How Contessa Partners with Your Clinical Team

It’s no secret: partnering with Contessa can transform already-prominent hospitals and health-systems into highly desired destinations of true patient-centered care. Our organization works with partners who share a dedication to offering the right care for patients at the right time in the best place suited for their needs: the home.  The truth is, though, none of this happens overnight. From the first day after a partnership is formed, our teams work collaboratively to bring operational, clinical, and change management expertise to help clinical teams smoothly deliver hospital care at home. Our model is a more effective and more efficient process…

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The Future of Hospital Care at Home, With or Without CMS Waivers

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) introduced its Hospitals Without Walls program in March 2020, health systems could finally provide acute care services beyond their walls, in locations like patient homes, and be properly reimbursed for it. The pandemic created a clear need and demand for these services, and the program became an undisputed win, albeit a temporary one, for providers seeking to offer alternative sites of care.

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Contessa Palliative Care: Bringing Care at Home Full-Circle

Grappling with a serious or complex illness can be a challenge at any age, and that’s even harder when you’re managing it alone. Unfortunately, many care models overlook palliative services or engage with them only at the end of life. Health care teams often consider palliative care engagement as giving up on helping their patients. Yet, when engaged with palliative care earlier in their journeys, data shows patients experience a higher quality of life and often live longer.  Palliative care, a medical specialty focused on maintaining or improving quality of life, is often the supportive care patients with chronic conditions…

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Care Convergence: Contessa’s One-of-a-Kind Healthcare Technology Platform

Care Convergence: where home hospital care meets true digital collaboration. Learn more about the proprietary technology platform our team uses each day.

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Risky Business: Why Contessa Takes on Risk to Treat Patients at Home

No risk, no reward. Find out why Contessa’s financial model assumes risk, benefitting our patients, provider partners and payer affiliates.

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