In 2012, Independence at Home began as a
three-year demonstration program through the Affordable Care Act
(December 23, 2020) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Rob Portman
(R-Ohio), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), commended a three-year extension of the Independence At Home
(IAH) demonstration project in the year-end budget
legislation. Independence at Home is an innovative, team-based model that is
bringing measurable, high-quality care to patients suffering from multiple
debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, congestive heart failure,
diabetes and Parkinson’s, while significantly lowering costs for the Medicare
program. In addition to the extension, the package also includes an increase in
the number of eligible beneficiaries. In April 2019, Senators Markey and
Portman reintroduced legislation (S.1202) to convert the Independence at Home
demonstration into a permanent, national Medicare program.
at Home began as a three-year demonstration program. In 2015 and 2017, the
House of Representatives and Senate approved two-year extensions. Senators
Markey and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) are the original co-authors of the Independence
at Home provision in the Affordable Care Act.
we provide health care to our most vulnerable in their living rooms, we help
curtail their visits to emergency rooms,” said Senator Markey.
“Independence at Home improves the care that frail patients receive, while saving
taxpayers money by catching emerging health problems early. With the IAH
program set to expire this year, this extension is critical. But I will
continue to work to make this innovative program permanently accessible for all
Medicare beneficiaries and their family caregivers in the future, and I thank
Senators Portman and Wyden for their partnership on this innovative program.”
Independence at Home program is delivering results and saving money,” said
Senator Portman. “It has made a difference by reducing hospital
readmissions, preventing costly hospital and nursing home admissions, and, most
importantly, keeping our seniors healthy and in their preferred care setting.
I’m pleased the final FY 2021 bipartisan funding bill extends and expands this program
so that it can continue to help our seniors while also making it more
accessible to Medicare beneficiaries in Ohio and across the nation.”
at Home empowers teams of doctors, care givers and other health care
professionals to coordinate and provide primary care services in the comfort of
patients’ own homes, reducing unnecessary emergency room visits and avoidable
hospitalizations and readmissions, as well as the costs associated with them.
Data from the fifth year of the program showed an average Medicare savings of
$2,711 per beneficiary in the demonstration.