Nurse providing home infusion therapy to a senior man

Across the state of Maryland, through its hospitals and specialty practices, University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) provides home infusion therapy. With the goal of preventing rehospitalization, we treat patients needing urgent or short-term care as well as those with chronic (long-term or permanent) conditions. 

Home infusion therapy can:

  • Provide flexibility and independence when you have an illness that requires infusion
  • Help get you back to your normal activities faster after a hospital stay

Scheduling an Appointment

All it takes is one phone call, email or fax for our team—made up of specially trained nurses, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians—to begin coordinating your care.

We perform infusions on weekends and after hours in the patient’s home based on their needs/schedule. Our on-call pharmacists and nurses are available around the clock (24/7/365) in case of an emergency (missing medication, lost supplies, worrisome side effects, etc.).

Contact Us

  • Phone: 443-462-5850 (option 3 for Pharmacy)
  • Fax: 410-636-0309

Location

825 North Hammonds Ferry Road, Suite C
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Hours of Operation

Monday–Friday

  • 9 am–5:30 pm

Saturday–Sunday

  • Closed

What is Home Infusion Therapy?

Infusion therapy is the treatment of serious or chronic conditions requiring medication, nutrients or fluids that can’t be taken by mouth. Medication is delivered directly into the body, either through a vein (intravenously) or another area beneath the skin (subcutaneously).

When done in the most convenient setting of all — the comfortable confines of your home — infusion therapy has been proven to be a safer, cheaper, more effective alternative to inpatient care for various types of treatments for acute or chronic conditions.

Infusion Services We Offer

We develop a safe, personalized treatment plan that includes an infusion therapy routine that fits your schedule (we do our best to accommodate the day and time you prefer). 

Your medications are expertly prepared by our pharmacists and promptly delivered to your home. Your visiting nurse will come to your home to help administer your medications and answer any questions about your treatment. We also have professionals known as home infusion navigators to further help us coordinate care with case managers and social workers.

We have access to healthcare communication platforms that support our close, direct collaboration with your primary care team. In addition, we can readily access your patient health information through our secure system in determining how best to meet your needs.

Our team takes the time to educate patients on infusion techniques and equipment, how to self-monitor progress and other care processes they can do on their own.

Specialty Infusion Therapy

To prevent admission to hospitals, our specialty providers assess and prescribe home infusion therapies—some of which can last a lifetime—for conditions within these specialties:

  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General medicine (primary care, family medicine, etc.)
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious disease
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Rheumatology

Types of Infusion Therapy

Continued treatment we provide after you leave the hospital (or to help shorten your hospital stay), typically short-term treatment that lasts weeks or months, include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-nausea treatments
  • Catheter care
  • Diuretics
  • IV hydration/electrolytes
  • Supportive medications (iron, etc.)
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • Vasopressors (milrinone, dobutamine, etc.)

What to Expect During Your Home Visit

During infusion therapy, medications usually are given through a needle or catheter (thin, flexible tube that carries fluids into or out of your body). Your treatment may require:

  • An intramuscular injection (technique used to inject medicine into a muscle)
  • An epidural injection (medicine is injected into the space surrounding the spinal cord)
  • Self-injection
Nursing services are at the core of the home infusion process. Depending on the therapy (e.g., hydration, nutrition, specialty medication or antibiotic) and whether or not it is your first visit, our once-weekly home nurse visits can be either:
  • A roughly 20-minute visit during which the nurse simply replaces the infusion line and lets the patient handle the rest (patients can be pretty independent with IV therapies and do their own infusions — with their doctor’s approval, of course)
  • A two- to four-hour visit, typically for infusions that require observations (these visits are great for relationship-building between nurses and patients, which is why we try to provide patients with the same nurse for each visit)

Home Infusion Cost and Insurance Coverage

We are considered an in-network provider by all major national, and most regional, health insurance plans. In addition to handling billing processes, we do a benefits investigation (process for estimating medical or prescription drug coverage through your insurance plan).

We are experienced in obtaining coverage and offering financial help and assistance with the process of payment. Even if your insurance requires care at an outpatient center or via a specific home infusion provider other than ours, we will guide you to your appropriate treatment option.