Home Health Care News February 9, 2024
Two senators introduced a bill Thursday that would create a pilot program aimed at expanding the scope of hospital-at-home care in the U.S.
Dubbed the At Home Observation and Medical Evaluation (HOME) Services Act, the bill was introduced specifically by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.). Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) was an original cosponsor of the legislation.
The bill would build off of the Acute Hospital Care at Home (AHCAH) program, which was created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) through a waiver during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Feb. 2, 312 hospitals across 131 health systems have been approved to participate. The program was extended past its original expiration date, and...