AdventHealth and DispatchHealth Extend Acute Home Care Partnership to New Markets
Home health care start-up DispatchHealth has signed a new agreement with AdventHealth to bring the technology first into homes in Florida and Missouri.
Announced Tuesday, the deal builds on an existing Tampa, Florida-based collaboration between the startup and the faith-based health system. It will see new deployments of the service in Daytona Beach, Ocala, and Orlando Florida, as well as the Kansas City metro area.
Patients in these markets will be able to use their phone or the DispatchHealth app or website to seek acute home medical care for viral infections, COPD exacerbations, congestive heart failure and other serious conditions. , according to the ad.
These treatments and other related tools are brought home shortly after a request is made, do not require a referral, and will âsoonâ also be available to patients through AdventHealth’s existing mobile and web interfaces.
Lisa Musgrave, AdventHealth’s vice president of home and post-acute care administration, said in the announcement that the expansion of the program was a chance to dismantle some of the barriers that keep patients from AdventHealth to receive appropriate care.
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âWe want to meet people where they are and bring personalized, high-intensity care to our patients’ lounges,â Musgrave said in a statement. “We are delighted to expand our alternative home care offerings to include this high quality, high value service and integrate it with other innovations and investments made by AdventHealth in the home health field.”
Launched in 2013, DispatchHealth aims to provide an economical and convenient alternative to hospital stays.
The company equips and coordinates medical teams trained in emergency care with blood testing laboratories, intravenous fluids and other traditional emergency room equipment for home delivery. Some patients can also be configured with remote monitoring technology and 24/7 emergency call capabilities, providing a more comfortable approach to long-term care.
DispatchHealth says its home care model saves clients an average of $ 1,100 to $ 1,700 per acute care visit. It provided care to more than 170,000 patients in 2020 and, during its major $ 200 million Series D funding round in March, was active in 19 markets in 12 states.
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âMany healthcare providers have a strong desire to provide home care, and DispatchHealth can provide a proven platform to rapidly expand care outside of typical clinics and hospitals,â Mark Prather, MD, CEO and DispatchHealth co-founder said in a statement. âWe are thrilled to be AdventHealth’s partner of choice in providing efficient, convenient and affordable home care to patients. The developing partnership builds on AdventHealth’s commitment to value-based care, and we look forward to expanding the service to even more markets.
DispatchHealth’s leading partners are not limited to suppliers alone. Earlier this year, the company partnered with Humana to provide acute home care to chronically ill members of the insurance giant. Services came first to people living in Colorado and Washington, with plans to expand into markets in Texas, Arizona, and Nevada for the remainder of the year.
The acute home care space was shot in the arm during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly following a November announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlining regulatory flexibilities to treat patients at home.
Notably, another home health technology company, Medically Home, was named the recipient of a strategic $ 100 million investment from the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente last week. Along with the funds, both systems have said they will massively step up their existing hospital-at-home programs over the coming months.