Another home health initiative in joint venture between Jefferson Health and Bayada

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Jefferson Health and Bayada Home Health Care have announced a joint venture for post-acute care at home for Jefferson patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Preliminarily referred to as “Jefferson Health at Home,” the joint venture will leverage the employees of both organizations for healthcare services delivered at home. There will be an emphasis on care transitions and access to in-home and virtual care.

Jefferson Health at Home will combine expertise from both organizations to serve Jefferson patients across Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania and in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties in New Jersey. The partnership will have joint leadership and governance. 

Jefferson’s contributions to the joint venture include its home health and hospice services at Jefferson Health New Jersey and Abington Jefferson Health. Bayada will oversee the joint venture operations.

The agreement, which is expected to be finalized in spring 2022, also includes an academic affiliation which will create new training opportunities for Jefferson students, particularly those at the Jefferson College of Nursing.

WHY THIS MATTERS

COVID-19 spurred the transition of acute care in the home, as it freed beds during surges. But the economic benefits to hospitals, and the benefit to patients who prefer to be in their own homes, has made hospital at home a model for care to be pursued beyond the pandemic.

“The pandemic heightened demand for hospital services delivered at home,” said Dr. Bruce A. Meyer, president of Jefferson Health. “Jefferson extended infusion services and remote oxygen monitoring into the homes of thousands of our patients while seeing tens of thousands of patients through our telehealth service. Now, with BAYADA and Jefferson aligned, we’re able to leverage their best post-acute-care practices across an expanded geographic footprint while lowering the total cost of care without compromising access or quality.”

THE LARGER TREND

Bayada Home Health Care, founded in 1975 by J. Mark Baiada, is now known as BAYADA, a not-for-profit organization. It provides nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, hospice and assistive care services to children, adults and seniors. 

Bayada employs more than 26,000 nurses, home health aides, therapists, medical social workers and other home healthcare professionals in 22 states and in Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

ON THE RECORD

“This partnership is a revolutionary step toward a future with home at the center of healthcare,” said David Baiada, CEO of BAYADA. “BAYADA’s management, operational and clinical expertise, paired with Jefferson Health’s clinical vision and commitment to innovation, will continue to transform healthcare in the Philadelphia region, and we will use this platform to launch bold and innovative digital health care experiences at home–where people want to be most.”

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