Urgent Matters, a leading academic dissemination vehicle for strategies on emergency department (ED) patient flow and quality, has published the West Health Institute’s “Overview of Options for Home-based Healthcare at the Emergency Department,” a briefing prepared in advance of the institute’s recent Advisory Council meeting on advancing the use of home-based care alternatives to hospital admission for patients in the Emergency Department.
The following overview was prepared by Christopher Crowley, PhD, and Amy Stuck, PhD, RN, at the West Health Institute in advance of a meeting hosted by the Institute with a diverse group of healthcare leaders to develop a national action plan which enables more seniors to safely go home after an emergency room visit, rather than be admitted to the hospital.
Experts and seniors themselves say home-based care can be a more effective way to treat patients with certain diagnoses, while helping lower the costs of healthcare. The Institute will continue to work with Urgent Matters on promotion of alternatives to admission at the ED.
- Executive Summary
- The size of the prize: What is at stake?
- Home-based care: Elements of a care continuum
- Connecting the ED to home-based care
- WHI’s commitment to opportunity
Urgent Matters, from George Washington University’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences, serves as a portal for innovative flow strategies, creating a central resource for hospital staff to discover field-tested initiatives that can be tailored to their organization.