Healthcare

Memorial Hermann Health System to provide home healthcare

Becker’s Hospital Review, June 27, 2022 Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System has teamed up with hospital-at-home company Contessa Health to provide home-based healthcare, according to a June 24 press release. The health system will offer acute hospital care, skilled nursing care and palliative care for patients from their homes. Depending on eligibility criteria, participating patients will be sent home from the emergency department with remote patient monitoring devices without being admitted as an inpatient. Click here to read the full article.

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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Jessica Embrescia, Allegheny Health Network

Dr. Jessica Embrescia, a SNFist with Allegheny Health Network (AHN), is passionate about providing specialized care to seniors. She began her work as a general internist with AHN in 2016 and transitioned to a dedicated SNFist in April 2020 during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a SNFist she works exclusively with patients who reside in skilled nursing facilities (SNF).  She was approached later that year to help develop AHN’s Home Recovery Care Plus (HRC Plus) program, a model that allows her to deliver SNF-level care to patients in the comfort and safety of their homes.  “After all the…

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Contessa acquisition paying unexpected dividends to Amedisys

McKnight’s Home Care, June 7, 2022 Amedisys President and CEO Chris Gerard told investors Monday the company’s acquisition last year of hospital-at-home firm Contessa could soon result in some surprising partnerships with large hospital systems. “We think we are going to be announcing some broader-based joint ventures in the future that I would say were not part of our roadmap prior to the acquisition of Contessa,” Gerard said during investment bank William Blair’s 42nd Annual Growth Stock Conference. Click here to read the full article.

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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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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: What Nursing Homes Should Consider When Diving into SNF-at-Home

Skilled Nursing News, May 23, 2022 Nursing home executives are increasingly exploring what it would take to start a SNF-at-home program, at a time when it has become apparent after the height of a global pandemic that patients would rather be cared for in the home when at all possible. For many skilled nursing providers it becomes part of a bigger strategy to get and stay ahead of the curve as the long-term care industry moves toward a value-based payment world. SNF-at-home can also have considerable benefits, including a better patient experience and lower costs. Click here to read the full article.

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Amedisys Chairman Paul Kusserow: Contessa Health put us in a ‘whole new league’

Nashville Business Journal, May 16, 2022 Contessa Health for $250 million, the company said it planned to “invest meaningfully” in Contessa’s growth. Nearly one year later, Amedisys’ plan for Contessa remains aggressive. “We expect this to be the future,” Amedisys Chairman and former CEO Paul Kusserow said in an interview. “Contessa just put us in an entirely new league. Being able to take people that would normally have to be in a hospital, bring them home and take care of them at home at about half the cost, particularly after Covid, it’s amazing. That’s where we want to go. We can…

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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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Physician Spotlight: Dr. Michael Hake, Dignity Health

When a pleasant 60-year-old gentleman was admitted to the hospital with a debilitating case of cellulitis to his right leg, he knew it would be a long stay. After nearly four weeks in the hospital and several surgeries, the usually chipper patient grew disgruntled and expressed a desire to leave the hospital.  After discussing solutions with the patient, hospital physicians and case management, the patient was referred to Dignity Health’s Home Recovery Care program, which provided a favorable alternative. The patient was transferred home with remote patient monitoring, twice-daily visits from an acute care registered nurse and telehealth rounds with…

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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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Build or Buy? Three Things to Consider Before Starting a Hospital at Home Program

When integrating a home hospital care program at an existing health system, is it necessary to recreate the wheel and build your own from scratch? Contessa CEO Travis Messina explains.

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