- Reviewed by Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
Each year, nearly a million Americans find out they have heart failure. This diagnosis isn't as quite as dire as the name sounds (see "What is heart failure?"). Still, it's one of the top three reasons older people are admitted to a hospital — and about half of these people return within six months. But what if you could receive the same high-level care for this common condition in the comfort of your own home?
Hospital at home isn't just a dream, but a well-researched concept that's been around for decades and already practiced in Australia and many European countries. Now, it's finally starting to take hold in the United States, thanks to a waiver from the federal government that currently allows Medicare to pay for the program.
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About the Author
Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
About the Reviewer
Christopher P. Cannon, MD, Editor in Chief, Harvard Heart Letter; Editorial Advisory Board Member, Harvard Health Publishing
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