Penn State Health, Highmark launching hospital-at-home program

Hershey, Pa.-based Penn State Health, Pittsburgh-based Highmark Health and Nashville, Tenn.-based Contessa, an acute care company, inked a joint hospital-at-home venture.

Three things to know:

  1. Penn State Health Home Recovery Care is expected to launch in Hershey in the first half of 2022, according to a Nov. 10 news release. It will include services dubbed Hospital Care at Home and Skilled Nursing Care at Home, which will bring remote monitoring elements into patients' homes. The program will be available to Highmark Medicare Advantage members and will expand to other health plans members in the future.

  2. The program is geared toward patients with acute conditions that would otherwise need to be admitted to the hospital. Patients will be linked with remote monitoring devices and are seen through telehealth and in-person care.

  3. "Healthcare is evolving, and Home Recovery Care is on the cutting edge of innovation and patient-centered care," said Chris LaCoe, vice president of virtual care for Penn State Health. "Partnering with Highmark Health and Contessa to bring this new at-home option empowers patients to take control of their health, while decreasing costs, increasing outcomes and enhancing comfort and convenience." 

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