March 20, 2024 – In last week’s House Ways and Means Committee hearing, Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) continued their championing of the hospital at home model that, since the beginning months of the COVID-19 pandemic, has allowed for the expanded delivery of hospital-level care to Medicare beneficiaries in the comfort of their own homes and communities.

“As a physician, I know the importance of offering patients the method of care that fits their needs, and extending the Acute Hospital Care at Home (AHCAH) flexibilities ensures patients have continued access to these options,” said Rep. Wenstrup.

As of March 2023, 277 hospitals across 123 health systems in 37 states were approved to participate in the program. “One of the few silver linings of the pandemic was our ability to cut administrative regulations to improve how patients get high-quality care. The hospital at home program is an apt example of this,” said Rep. Blumenauer.

Following the hearing, Reps. Wenstrup and Blumenauer made public a bipartisan discussion draft of legislation that would extend the waiver program for three years, until 2027. Reps. Wenstrup and Blumenauer invited feedback from patients, providers, and health systems that are participating in the program or would consider doing so under an extension of the waiver.