CMS Approves Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Care at Home Program for Medicare Fee-For-Service Patients

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 26, 2021) Ascension Saint Thomas is the first health system in Tennessee, and one of the first in the nation, approved to provide Hospital Care at Home to Medicare fee-for-service patients.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approved the service at Ascension Saint Thomas West, Midtown and Rutherford Hospitals.

“Hospital Care at Home  allows Ascension Saint Thomas providers to deliver hospital-level care at home, which has proven to be a vital resource as we adapt to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tim Adams, president & CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas. “CMS is offering a much-needed expansion of our care offerings and we are grateful to Governor Bill Lee for issuing an executive order further authorizing this new setting for inpatient care. We now have the ability to serve more patients at home while reserving inpatient beds for the sickest patients.”

Ascension Saint Thomas, in partnership with Nashville-based Contessa, was the first health system in Tennessee to introduce home-based hospital care at Ascension Saint Thomas 2019. With Hospital Care at Home, patients receive all the essential elements of inpatient treatment in the comfort and convenience of their homes. If eligible patients choose the program, they begin receiving hospital-level care in their home within hours.

“We applaud CMS for its decision to help healthcare providers more easily expand the delivery of hospital-level care beyond its traditional setting,” said Travis Messina, Contessa CEO. “Our partnership with Ascension Saint Thomas has a proven track record of positive outcomes, including patient opt-in and success. We are thrilled to provide this level of care to Medicare fee-for-service patients, especially as the pandemic continues to grip our industry.”

Hospital Care at Home aligns with Ascension’s Advanced Strategic Direction to reimagine new ways of providing care by making quality care convenient and accessible in the homes of those they serve. This initiative supports Ascension’s Dual Transformation strategy by introducing new innovations that respond to the rapidly evolving healthcare environment by optimizing and transforming core healthcare operations while also creating new, transformational models that provide an engine for growing our ministry and its impact.

About Ascension Saint Thomas

In Tennessee, Ascension Saint Thomas operates ten hospital campuses in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities that cover a 68-county area and employ more than 10,000 associates.  Across the state, Ascension Saint Thomas provided more than $150 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2020. Serving Tennessee for 20 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to those in need.

About Ascension

Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2020, Ascension provided $2.4 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes more than 160,000 associates and 40,000 aligned providers. The national health system operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 145 hospitals and more than 40 senior living facilities – in 19 states and the District of Columbia, while providing a variety of services including clinical and network services, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.

About Contessa

Based in Nashville, Contessa is the leader and pioneer of Home Recovery Care, a risk-based model that combines all the essential elements of inpatient hospital care in the comfort of patients’ homes. Founded in 2015, Contessa utilizes Care Convergence – a proprietary technology platform – to power the seamless delivery of Home Recovery Care that is safe, affordable and improves patient outcomes. Contessa’s turnkey solution provides upfront savings to health plans, enables health systems to reinvent their care delivery model and helps physicians deliver a better experience for patients.

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