Though providing hospital-level care at home is not a new concept, the popularity of such programs grew during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As cases of the deadly coronavirus began surging in March 2020, healthcare organizations nationwide halted various types of in-person care due to capacity constraints and fears of exposing people to the virus. As they pivoted to virtual care strategies to manage patient care, hospital-at-home programs emerged as a key tool.
Today, with backing from federal agencies, healthcare organizations are continuing to rely on hospital-at-home programs even though in-person care has largely resumed. This is mainly due to the patient care benefits afforded by the hospital-at-home model and its potential to help rein in costs.