In an existing joint venture with Contessa, a Nashville-based provider of home-recovery care, Mount Sinai Health System has launched Mount Sinai at Home.
The new service offers a “continuum of home-based care,” comprising home health, hospitalization at home, rehabilitation at home (instead of at a skilled nursing facility) and palliative care in a patient’s home.
The new entity folds in Mount Sinai South Nassau’s home health agency into the joint venture.
“This new initiative accelerates our strategic goal of delivering a continuum of home-based care to more Mount Sinai patients,” Aaron Stein, chief operating officer at Contessa, said in a statement. “Mount Sinai at Home provides a strong offering to patients, providers and health plans. Together, we are truly changing healthcare by rendering care where patients want it the most, their homes.”
Mount Sinai Health System and Contessa first partnered in 2017 to provide hospitalization at home and expanded in 2021 to offer palliative care at home. Mount Sinai at Home treats nearly 3,000 patients each year and maintains a 4-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
“The team at Mount Sinai South Nassau’s home health agency have a stellar reputation and rating because of the passionate people who work hard every day delivering exceptional care to their patients. They share the same mission, vision and values of bringing high-quality care into patients’ homes,” Stein said.
Surveys show that patients and physicians prefer a continuum of home-based care. A recent Capital Caring Health survey, for example, revealed that 90% of Americans over the age of 50 want to remain in their homes and age in place. CarePort, a care coordination software company, said home-health referrals have increased, while referrals to skilled nursing facilities decreased, since COVID.
“The pandemic forced healthcare into the home, and it is a trend that is only growing,” Margaret Pastuszko, president and chief operating officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, said in a statement.
“Mount Sinai at Home build upon this momentum and offers consolidated opportunities for patients and physicians, decreasing the fragmentation that often plagues the healthcare industry. It’s exciting to be creating a care model that is blazing the trail for advanced care at home,” she added.
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