Why HCCI and RUSH decided to partner

Rush University Medical Center (RUMC)In 2017, Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), a 671-bed hospital in Chicago mainly serving the city’s West Side, recognized the need to re-engineer its delivery systems to address population health, reduce health inequities, and combat chronic diseases while controlling healthcare costs. RUMC connected with the Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI), Rush@Homea national nonprofit dedicated to improving access to quality home-centered care for medically complex homebound and home-limited patients and their caregivers, and families. By 2018, HCCI and RUMC partnered to create the Rush@Home house call program.

Using Home-Based Primary Care to Improve Quality of Care & the Bottom Line

The Results are Strong

  • 34% potential lower cost
  • 18% fewer hospitalizations
  • 21% reduction in ED visits
  • 4.6% fewer readmissions

Total Program Savings

  • Total Actual Six-Month Savings: $761K
  • Total Potential Annualized Savings: Over $1.5M


Considering how frail and seriously ill this Rush@Home patient population is, the savings are remarkable. Based on this six-month study, a program with 200 MSSP patients would generate over $3M in savings. Imagine the savings you could realize serving your high-need, high-risk patients in their homes.

Learn More about how HCCI Can Partner with Your Organization to Get Results

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