Providers push for continued hospital-at-home waiver after pandemic

Modern Healthcare, March 17, 2022

Hospital systems are making the case to Congress that Medicare should continue covering hospital-at-home care after the public health emergency, arguing it could improve health outcomes, lower costs and alleviate capacity and staffing issues.

“We feel the best reimbursement structure is in a value-based arrangement,” said Travis Messina, co-founder and CEO of Contessa, a hospital-at-home company that primarily worked with Medicare Advantage plans before the pandemic. “If you are shifting the site of care to the home, which is a lower-cost setting, Medicare should realize the benefit of that reduced cost.”

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