Post-Acute Care Trends: Cross-Setting Collaborations to Align Clinical Standards and Provider Demands
Medicare's payment rates and quality programs for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for 2017 and beyond solidify post-acute care's (PAC) partnership in the transformation of healthcare delivery.
Subsequent to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act), forward-thinking PAC organizations realized the need to rethink patient care—not just in their own facilities but as patients move from hospital to SNF, home health or rehabilitation facility.
Post-Acute Care Trends: Cross-Setting Collaborations to Align Clinical Standards and Provider Demands examines a collaboration between the first URAC-accredited clinically integrated network in the country and one of its partnering PAC providers to map out and enhance a patient's journey through the network continuum—drilling down to improve the quality of the transition from acute to post-acute care.
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In this 25-page resource, Julia Portale, vice president of community services, Jewish Senior Services, and Colleen Swedberg, MSN, RN, CNL, director for care coordination and integration, St. Vincent's Health Partners, describe how their two institutions have aligned around clinical standards to improve patient care—despite separate parent companies, health IT platforms, and other challenges.
In this dual venture, St. Vincent's Health Partners (SVHP), a participant in Model 2 of the CMS Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative spanning the acute and post-acute settings, created a post-acute care network of SNFs to streamline patients' movement through its clinically integrated network.
As a vetted SVHP network member, Jewish Senior Services, a post-acute care provider holding a 5-star rating in skilled nursing from CMS, contributes to a partnership that identifies potential problems across the patient care continuum and crafts cross-boundary solutions.
This special reports highlights the benefits that resulted when SVHP and JSS reacted to the industry's paradigm shift and opted to collaborate instead of compete in the post-acute care space, placing patients' needs above their organizations'.
Ms. Portale and Ms. Swedberg cover the following points:
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