UAMS Partners With Amedisys & Contessa To Provide Care-At-Home Program

In an effort to improve patient comfort and convenience, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Amedisys, and Cotessa have formed a partnership to develop a comprehensive program composed of a variety of care-at-home services. The partnership comes as the desire for home-based care continues to increase. According to Amadesys’ press release, 90 percent of Amercans over 50 prefer to remain in their homes and age in place. 

“UAMS is leading the ambitious goal of making Arkansas the healthiest state in the region, and this strategic initiative supercharges that vision,” said Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, UAMS chancellor and CEO of UAMS Health. “We are thrilled to partner with Contessa and Amedisys to bring this first-of-its-kind model to the region and the first Comprehensive Care at Home program to the state. We look forward to giving our patients an innovative option that delivers on our commitment of community-focused, patient-centered care.”

The UAMS Health Comprehensive Care at Home program will be developed by the 3 health organizations to incorporate the convenience of patients’ homes with all the key components of primary, hospital, or rehabilitation level care. According to Amedisys, the tested strategy generates cost savings, raises the bar for care delivery, and enhances patient outcomes and satisfaction. The service provides crucial inpatient capacity, broadens access throughout the continuum of treatment, and lowers overall healthcare costs. Additionally, the model offers safe and effective substitutes for traditional hospital stays and conventional skilled nursing facilities, respectively, with Recovery Care at Home and Rehabilitation Care at Home. In both programs, patients receive both in-person and virtual visits from their care team each day and are promptly sent home with simple-to-use remote patient monitoring devices. With the help of reputable UAMS doctors, these models enable patients to recuperate in the comfort of their own homes.

Amedisys believes that UAMS Health ComprehensiveCare at Home can give critically ill patients, their families, and carers extra assistance. These patients are given comprehensive coordinate treatment via at home or online visits from members of the program’s care team. The program will also provide 24-hour services to its users including physical, emotional, and spiritual assistance, extensive consultations about their conditions, in addition to social services. The program will begin enrolling home health patients by the beginning of 2023, along with a number of other services.