Press Release

Kaiser nurses condemn new “Home All Alone” patient-dumping scheme designed to maximize profits by sacrificing safe patient care

Tell Kaiser >> Don't leave patients home all alone!

Program eliminates 24/7 hands-on nursing care and replaces it with unproven remote monitoring

Kaiser registered nurses across California will hold more than 20 informational pickets on Wednesday, Nov. 10 to warn the public against Kaiser’s unsafe, new “Home All Alone” patient-dumping scheme that sends patients in need of hospitalization back home, where they will be overseen remotely by health care providers located miles away, announced the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) today.

“If someone needs to be hospitalized, they need to be in an actual hospital and under the care of highly skilled, educated medical professionals who are able to touch, assess, monitor, and respond to critical and emergent situations which can mean the difference between life and death,” said National Nurses United President Deborah Burger, RN. “It is ludicrous to think a provider many miles away will be able to provide optimal care to patients who need to be hospitalized. There is no rapid response team at your home. There are no nurses to watch for changes in your skin color, your breathing, or to feel the dampness of your skin. Nurses know that small changes can signal big problems. This is a blatant attempt to increase profits by sacrificing high-quality patient care.”

  • What: Informational picket to condemn Home All Alone patient-dumping scheme
  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 10
  • Where: See a full list of action times and locations here.

What is the Home All Alone model?

In the Home All Alone scheme, surgical and emergency room patients who would normally be admitted into the hospital for 24-hour, hands-on care are not admitted, but instead sent to their homes where staff monitor them and coordinate their care from a virtual command center.  

“As nurses, we are horrified that Kaiser would advance this patient-dumping scheme that so clearly endangers the lives of our patients and completely disregards the central role that nurses play in providing hands-on care that promotes healing,” said Burger. “Nurses and other health professionals cannot be replaced by iPads, monitors, and a camera. Our patients deserve much more than this and should flat out reject Kaiser’s program. To send patients home and call that ‘hospital care’ debases what hospital care means, endangers patients, and is an insult to patients, nurses, and all the many health care professionals who provide care in hospital settings.”

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the largest and fastest-growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the nation with 100,000 members in more than 200 facilities throughout California and more than 175,000 RNs nationwide.