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Presbyterian’s Hospital at Home Program to be Featured in June Issue of Health Affairs for Lowering Costs by 19% with Equal or Better Outcomes

June 3, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Hospital at Home®, a program designed by Johns Hopkins University of Medicine and Public Health and implemented by Presbyterian Healthcare Services, is improving patient outcomes and reducing health care costs. These results will be published in the June issue of Health Affairs.

Presbyterian adapted and launched the Hospital at Home program in 2008 to provide its patients with acute hospital-level care in the comfort of their own home. Presbyterian’s Hospital at Home program has reduced patient costs by 19 percent compared to the mean costs of patients admitted to Presbyterian’s hospitals. The results also showed improved quality-of-care metrics, reduced length of stay and improved patient satisfaction scores.

“The model allows physicians to provide patient-centered, evidence-based care,” said Melanie Van Amsterdam, M.D., lead physician for Presbyterian’s Hospital at Home program. “I am able to spend more time with my patients, helping and treating their illnesses.”

As healthcare costs continue to rise throughout the United States, healthcare systems are developing innovative programs to transform the way healthcare is delivered to reduce costs, and at the same time, deliver excellent clinical quality.

“Hospital at Home is an excellent model of care that can be implemented in a practical way by health delivery systems across the country and can have dramatic positive clinical and economic outcomes for patients and systems,” said Bruce Leff, M.D., creator of Hospital at Home and professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Drs. Leff and Van Amsterdam will participate in a press briefing on Tuesday, June 5, accompanying the release of Health Affairs’ June issue, “Focus On The Care Span For The Elderly And Disabled.” The briefing will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST. To view the abstract of the article, visit 

About Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,000 respected employees and growing. 

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