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Oncology hospital-at-home model reduces hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and costs

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Prof. Kathi Mooney, University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute
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ASCO 2020
The first adult oncology hospital-at-home program in the United States is a promising future model for delivery of acute care to patients outside of hospitals and clinics, especially in the era of COVID-19, according to data featured during the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program [1].  The Huntsman at Home trial of adult oncology patients began at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute in 2018. Nurse practitioners and registered nurse teams deliver care directly at the homes of patients with acute needs following hospitalization, those who have unstable symptoms that require urgent evaluation, or those with disease progression that would otherwise require a trip to the emergency department (ED). Backup support is provided by medical oncologists and palliative care teams. Kathi Mooney, PhD, RN, of the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute, said addressing patients’ acute care needs at home is especially relevant during the COVID-19 pa...


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