Acute Hospital Care at Home Program

CMS has launched the Acute Hospital Care At Home program to allow hospitals dealing with the COVID-19 hospitalization surge expanded flexibility to provide acute care to Medicare beneficiaries remotely at home. Six hospitals received immediate approval, including Brigham and Women's Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mount Sinai Health System, Presbyterian Healthcare Services of New Mexico, and UnityPoint Health.

The new Acute Hospital Care At Home program requires in-person screening protocols to assess both medical and non-medical factors, including working utilities, before care can begin at home. Medicare patients will be admitted into the program from emergency departments and inpatient hospital beds.

Once at-home care begins, a RN will evaluate each patient every day either in person or remotely, and either RNs or mobile integrated health paramedics will have two in-person visits daily based on the patient's nursing plan and hospital policies.

To request participation in the program, individual hospitals must begin the Acute Hospital Care at Home waiver process. Hospitals must submit the waiver request for individual CMS Certification Numbers (CCNs), not entire systems. See below for the secure CMS portal for application:


CMS Waiver Online Portal


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