Care at Home: Meeting Patients Where They Are

Care at home strategies seek to establish a win-win situation in which patient satisfaction goes up while use of health care services and spending go down. In some cases, seniors may be able to maintain their independence living at home longer, while reducing spending on nursing home care and hospitalizations. In other cases, the programs can help to avoid acute care episodes and readmissions.

To bring care to where patients are—and where they prefer to be—Kaiser Permanente Northwest has established an innovative program called Primary Care @ Home, and a ground-breaking pilot program called Mobile Health Partners (MHP). Primary Care @ Home originated as a pilot and is now an ongoing program. The MHP pilot has seen consistent growth since its inception in 2013.

These initiatives have showed positive results from patients and have demonstrated that home-based primary care can provide personalized care that maintains patient comfort and dignity, provides safe, high-quality care in a way that patients and families prefer, and lowers costs.

The Institute for Health Policy’s latest KP Policy Story highlights the two programs aimed at providing efficient care that best meets patients’ needs. You can check it out here.

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