‘Hoag at Home’ Extends Care in Orange County, Calif.

June 22, 2021
Nonprofit Hoag joins trend of health systems expanding home health services such as skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, and medical social services

Orange County, Calif.-based Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is joining the growing number of hospitals, health systems and payers seeking to shift some comprehensive care services into patients’ homes.

Last week Healthcare Innovation detailed how Humana Inc. had agreed to acquire One Homecare Solutions (“onehome”), a provider of home-based services, as part of its effort to more effectively deliver value-based home health at a national scale. Humana also recently announcement plans to buy Kindred at Home, the nation’s largest home health and hospice provider.

On a regional scale, Hoag is a nonprofit healthcare delivery network that treats more than 30,000 inpatients and 480,000 outpatients annually. The organization says “Hoag at Home” represents an evolution in Hoag's commitment to the community and a recognition of the changing demographics of the county. The new service allows Hoag to extend the world-class care that is delivered in Hoag hospitals, physician offices and health centers right to a patient's place of residence.

"People are living and staying mobile longer, and there are more ways to allow people to age in place. Offering a comprehensive home care model is essential for our community," said Hoag CEO and President Robert Braithwaite, in a statement. "Hoag at Home will be the trusted solution to keep our community healthy and safe."

Hoag at Home services include home health services such as skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, medical social services.

In addition, hospice services include hospice nursing, medical social services, pastoral care, hospice aides, hospice physicians, and bereavement support. Home physician services include 24/7 nursing advice line, home M.D. visits, concierge M.D. services, and palliative care. Additional planned services include private duty home care, home infusion services, and home medical equipment.

Hoag at Home recently welcomed two physicians. Joomo Yang, M.D., and Michael Haga, M.D., members of Hoag Medical Group, are “residentialists” who specialize in geriatrics, memory care, hospice and palliative medicine. They will bring the Hoag experience to patients and ease their way to receive the support and medical attention they need to effectively manage long-term needs.

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