HCA Awarded Major New Grant for Sepsis Intervention 

Situation Report | December 21, 2020

HCA will open the new year with a major new grant for sepsis intervention awarded by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation. 

The new grant, effective January 1, builds on HCA’s state and nationally pace-setting home care sepsis screening and intervention tool.

The grant to HCA’s Education and Research arm will support a multi-faceted sepsis initiative: 

  • Support for adoption of the HCA home care sepsis tool in the seven remaining unserved rural counties, who would join providers in the 55 counties of New York State that have already adopted the HCA tool.
  • Targeted sepsis intervention for special needs and underserved populations, including pediatric sepsis, maternal sepsis, mental health/developmental disabilities, other underserved populations and regions.
  • Development, beta testing and piloting of a pediatric version of the HCA home care sepsis tool, which is currently aligned for adults. 
  • Work with home care, hospital, physician, EMS, long term care and other core sector partners on cross-sector coordination of sepsis education and guidance.
  • Promote Hospital-Home Care-Physician Sepsis Collaboratives addressing education, prevention, screening, early treatment, and interdisciplinary post-sepsis care.    

Sepsis is a leading cause of rehospitalizations as post-sepsis cases are increasingly referred to home care for complex care and recovery. On the pre-acute side, studies also show that 90 percent of sepsis hospitalizations had a community onset. All of these data point to the role of home care in prevention and post-acute intervention.

Early in the decade, HCA leaped into the sepsis mission on behalf of home care providers and patients, and we are pleased to expand upon this work as we continue to receive major state and national service recognition. 

For information on adopting the HCA sepsis tool, visit www.stopsepsisathomeny.org or write directly to sepsistool@hcanys.org.