What Are the Top Strategies to Improve Post-Acute Care?

What Are the Top Strategies to Improve Post-Acute Care?As evidenced by CMS's ongoing Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative and closer scrutiny of skilled nursing facility readmission rates starting in 2018, healthcare is honing new post-acute care (PAC) delivery and reimbursement models that result in higher quality and more coordinated, cost-effective care across the continuum.

Care transition management is the top strategy employed by healthcare organizations to improve quality and reduce costs of PAC, according to new market metrics from the 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Post-Acute Care Trends by the Healthcare Intelligence Network. Click here to view other strategies aimed at improving PAC.

Healthcare is exploring new post-acute care (PAC) delivery and payment models to support high-quality, coordinated and cost-effective care across the continuum—a direction that ultimately will hold PAC organizations more accountable for the care they provide.

2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Post-Acute Care Trends captures efforts by 92 healthcare organizations to enhance care coordination for individuals receiving post-acute services following a hospitalization—initiatives like the creation of a preferred PAC network or collaborative.

This 40-page report, based on healthcare industry responses to HIN's landmark survey on trends in post-acute care, compiles a wealth of metrics presented in a series of data tables and dozens of charts.

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Breaking down findings by high-responding industry sectors, the 2015 market metrics in this report capture the following data points:

  • Prevalence of initiatives to improve PAC coordination and delivery;
  • Strategies employed to improve PAC care and reduce cost;
  • Population discharge trends to PAC facilities (SNF, home health, inpatient rehabilitation, etc.);
  • Most challenging clinical conditions to manage in the PAC setting;
  • Tools employed to improve PAC delivery;
  • Inclusion of post-acute care in value-based reimbursement methodologies (accountable care organization, bundled payments, capitated contracts, etc.);
  • Primary responsibility for coordination of post-acute care;
  • Greatest challenge of administering post-acute care services;
  • Most effective tools, workflows or protocols in improving PAC care and reducing PAC cost, in respondents' own words;
  • Greatest successes achieved by PAC improvement efforts;
  • Impact of post-acute care coordination on clinical and organizational outcomes, including quality of care, hospital readmissions, medication adherence, ER visits, etc.;
  • Program ROI;
  • Area of post-acute care most in need of reform;
  • Respondents' preparations for increased CMS scrutiny of 30-Day SNF readmission rates beginning in 2018;
  • The complete July 2015 Trends in Post-Acute Care survey tool;
and much more.

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