A Multidisciplinary Home Visiting Program for Children with Medical Complexity

Elaine Lin, Kathryn Scharbach, Bian Liu, Maureen Braun, Candace Tannis, Karen Wilson, Joseph Truglio

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OBJECTIVES: Given the high needs and costs associated with the care of children with medical complexity (CMC), innovative models of care are needed. Home-visiting care models are effective in subpopulations of pediatrics and medically complex adults, but there is no literature on this model for CMC. We describe the development and outcomes of a multidisciplinary program that provides comprehensive home-based primary care for CMC. METHODS: Medical records from our institution were reviewed for patients enrolled in our program from July 2013 through March 2019. Demographics, clinical characteristics, and health care use were collected. We compared the differences in pre- and postprogram enrollment health care use using Wilcoxon signed rank test. We applied Cox proportional hazard models to examine the association between the time-dependent postenrollment health care use and numbers of home visits. We collected total claims data for a subset of our patients to examine total costs of care. RESULTS: We reviewed data collected from 121 patients. With our findings, we demonstrate that enrollment in our program is associated with reductions in average length of stay. More home visits were associated with decreased emergency department visits and hospitalizations. We also observed in patients with available cost data that total costs of care decreased after enrollment into the program. CONCLUSIONS: Our model has the potential to improve health outcomes and be financially sustainable by providing home-based primary care to CMC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-931
Number of pages7
JournalHospital pediatrics
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020


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