These projects, typically lasting 18–24 months, are smaller investments. Nevertheless, they have the potential to drive widespread change by leveraging our resources to quickly convene partners and catalyze adoption for lasting change. They are often based on timely needs and involve rapid cycle innovations in care delivery or emerging payment pathways. CaroNova is currently developing one accelerator project, the Home Hospital Accelerator Program.
Home hospital programs throughout the United States have helped address challenges in delivering acute hospital care by improving quality, safety, cost, and patient experience. With the approval of the Acute Hospital Care at Home Waiver by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in November 2020, many hospitals across the Carolinas either have launched or plan to launch their own home hospital programs.
CaroNova, in partnership with Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, launched the Home Hospital Early Adopters Accelerator Program in September 2021. The Accelerator supports hospitals and healthcare systems to further develop their own home hospital programs. The accelerator provides coaching in designing and managing home hospital programs via a network of hospitals that collectively learn, create and implement together as a community.