The goal of this unique relationship was for the West Health Institute and MedStar Health to jointly cultivate new ideas and approaches to make high-quality healthcare more accessible at a lower cost. As part of the collaboration agreement, MedStar Health served as the primary clinical research site for a variety of care delivery and payment reform models, leveraging its wide range of clinicians and experts to inform, and potentially implement, the new initiatives.
In addition, MI2 and West Health performed an operational analysis on MedStar Health’s nationally recognized Medical House Call Program (MHCP) model to identify the key levers to catalyze the growth of home-based primary care for the frail elderly. The analysis focused on the factors that impact scaling, spreading and sustaining such models of care and how barriers to such activity can be mitigated. In the August 2014 issue of the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, Eric De Jonge, MD, co-founder of MHCP and director of geriatrics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, reported his findings that home-based care of frail elders reduced Medicare costs by 17 percent during a two-year study period.