Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued new rules and waivers of federal requirements to ensure that local hospitals and health systems have the capacity to absorb and effectively manage potential surges of COVID-19 patients. These newly introduced flexibilities permit hospitals and health care systems to act as local coordinators of health care delivery. One flexibility that is relevant to CBOs partnering with health care organizations is the CMS Hospital Without Walls program, which allows health care systems and hospitals to provide services in locations beyond their existing walls to help address the urgent need to expand care capacity and to develop sites dedicated to COVID-19 treatment, including offering outpatient care at home.
In this webinar, the Administration for Community Living, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), consultant Tim McNeill and the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio discuss approaches that Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, and community-based aging and disability organizations can use to take advantage of this new initiative—and how they can best prepare and respond to these opportunities.
Kelly Cronin, Deputy Administrator, Center for Innovation and Partnership, U.S. Administration for Community Living
Tim McNeill, RN, MPH, Consultant, U.S. Administration for Community Living
Suzanne Burke, President and CEO, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA)
Ken D. Wilson, Vice President of Program Operations, Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio (COA)
View the resource: Hospital Without Walls: New Opportunities for CBOs
View the resource: Hospital Without Walls: New Opportunities for CBOs (PDF of slides)
View the resource: More information about how Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio adapted their care transitions program
View the resource: Additional information from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for CBOs interested in Hospital Without Walls