Integrating Post-Acute Care Providers

By: Christine Burke Worthen

While there has been a lot of focus on ACO’s and care coordination in the primary care and hospital settings since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, there has been a greater focus more recently on the role of post-acute care providers in the ACO model. From contracted relationships to informal “partnerships” to full integration, ACO’s are taking note of the opportunity for cost savings by expanding their efforts to the post-acute care setting.  Hospital systems that own post-acute care organizations are doing away with the traditional fragmented care approach and are including the post-acute providers in ACO operations discussions.   As a result, new roles are emerging, such as the new “transitions of care” coordinator. Plus, care delivery in the post-acute setting is being redesigned to support a new care delivery model, and data analytics capabilities are being expanded to incorporate the post-acute setting.

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