The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is releasing data on the Acute Hospital Care at Home initiative through the Research and Data Assistance Center.
ResDAC collected data from November 27, 2020, through March 30, 2023. As required for participation, hospitals agreed to report to CMS either weekly or monthly.
The Acute Hospital Care at Home program was among the flexibilities CMS allowed during the public health emergency as a Section 1135 waiver.
The expiration of the COVID-19 public health emergency in May 2023 ended many of the waivers. Others that were shown to be successful both for patients and hospitals remained in place under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023. The CAA extended waivers and flexibilities associated with telehealth and also for the Acute Hospital Care at Home program until December 31, 2024.
CMS said the Consolidated Appropriations Act requires specific data collection for the purpose of conducting a study. Continuation of the AHCAH initiative beyond December 31 is contingent on further Congressional action, CMS said.