Sea Girt, NJ, August 17, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Care transition management, PAC partnerships and integration of all PAC services are the top tactics deployed to improve the quality and efficiency of post-acute care, according to results from a July 2015 survey on Post-Acute Care Trends sponsored by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.
Nearly all respondents—95 percent—have implemented PAC improvement programs, according to results from the survey, which defined post-acute care as skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), home health agencies (HHAs), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs).
With patient transitions between care sites a top PAC challenge for 25 percent of respondents, discharge planning, creation of care transition navigator posts and data exchanges facilitate 'warm handoffs'—full-circle coordination and communication between hospital and post-acute care clinicians regarding patient care.
Cognizant of the industry's growing disfavor with volume-based payment, 53 percent said they have incorporated PAC services into value-based reimbursement methodologies such as accountable care organizations (ACO) or shared savings arrangements.
Download more metrics from the complimentary HINtelligence report, 2015 Post-Acute Care Trends: Care Transition Management, PAC Partnerships Foster 'Warm Handoffs,' at http://www.hin.com/library/registerPostAcuteCareTrends.html
News Facts: HIN's white paper, 2015 Post-Acute Care Trends: Care Transition Management, PAC Partnerships Foster 'Warm Handoffs,' summarizes July 2015 responses from 92 hospitals, health plans, physician practices, PAC providers and others on post-acute care improvement and associated strategies, tools, PAC team composition, reimbursement trends, challenges, benefits, and results.
This 2015 snapshot of post-acute care enhancement also identified the following metrics:
- Eighty-five percent of respondents said care coordination improved as a result of these efforts, and 36 percent observed a decline in hospital readmissions from PAC facilities.
- Heart failure and shock are the most challenging conditions to manage in PAC settings, say 49 percent of respondents.
- Forty-two percent of respondents say skilled nursing is the PAC services area most in need of reform.
- Staff toolkits and training are the top PAC improvement tools, say 51 percent of respondents.
- Sixty percent of respondents believe Medicare should adopt a unified cross-setting PAC payment system that would follow the patient across care sites.
Download more metrics from the complimentary HINtelligence report, 2015 Post-Acute Care Trends: Care Transition Management, PAC Partnerships Foster 'Warm Handoffs,' http://www.hin.com/library/registerPostAcuteCareTrends.html
Quote Attributable to Melanie Matthews, HIN Executive VP and COO:
"With Medicare signaling increased focus on post-acute care with its Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative and 2018 SNF readmissions scrutiny, PAC can no longer be regarded as a siloed service but should be seamlessly integrated into the healthcare continuum, and held to the same quality and clinical standards as acute care."
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