Mass General Brigham expands 'hospital at home' program

Somerville, Mass.-based Mass General Brigham's is expanding its Home Hospital program to three more hospitals, according to a Sept. 11 news release.

The health system received authorization to provide acute hospital care at home from both the state department of health and CMS. Beginning in mid-September, patients of Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Boston, Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., and Salem (Mass.) Hospital will be able to access "hospital at home" care, according to the release.

This expansion of at-home care is part of Mass General Brigham's strategic plan to reduce the burden on hospital capacity and allow for more robust treatment of patients in an at-home setting. The health system now offers Home Hospital at five hospitals.

"Being able to have that kind of vantage point, you can ensure greater health and safety of a patient as you're tailoring their care plan to their personal environment," Stephen Dorner, MD, chief clinical and innovation officer for Mass General Brigham Healthcare at Home, stated in the release.

Over the next five years, Mass General Brigham plans to move 10 percent of inpatient care from its Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Salem Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital into patients' homes.

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