Claiborne Memorial Medical Center in Homer, LA have been approved for the “Hospitals Without Walls” initiative.
As hospital beds are in high demand and patient censuses are skyrocketing, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced “Hospitals Without Walls.”
The program allows hospitals to provide services in locations beyond their existing walls. Within the scope of this program is the “Acute Hospital Care At Home” initiative which gives hospitals unprecedented flexibility to treat eligible patients in the comfort of their own home.
To address the current COVID-19 surge, Claiborne Memorial Medical Center is one of 56 hospitals across the country and the only hospital in Louisiana approved for the “Acute Hospital Care At Home” initiative.
CMMC will use a combination of physician telemedicine and RNs/LPNs in the home to treat patients with protocols normally reserved for an inpatient setting. This allows for hospital beds to be used for the acutely ill and for patients needing treatment to receive treatment instead of waiting on a bed. With treatment at home, patients are also able to avoid the isolation that accompanies inpatient COVID-19 treatment.
Tina Haynes, CEO of Claiborne Memorial Medical Center, Louisiana, said her team was able to handle the first and second COVID-19 surges fairly well. The current surge has been a different story, however.
“CMMC serves the 16,000 residents of Claiborne Parish. With this latest surge, the entire Northwest Louisiana region has capacity issues,” said Haynes. “With the large hospitals at full census, the rural facilities are also full and have no place to transfer patients. We had to explore options to be sure the needs of Claiborne Parish patients are met.”