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Infographic on Post-Acute Care Trends: Majority Favor Unified Cross-Setting Payments

A new infographic from the Healthcare Intelligence Network captures the industry's views on post-acute care payment reform and other key metrics.

Sea Girt, NJ, October 01, 2015 --( Sixty percent of healthcare organizations would like Medicare to adopt a unified cross-setting payment system for post-acute care, according to 2015 market metrics. This data point is one of several presented in "2015 Post-Acute Care Challenge: How to Foster Warm Handoffs," an infographic from the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

A warm handoff is full-circle communication between the discharging hospital and the PAC provider on a patient's care.

View HIN's infographic on post-acute care trends at

When asked which strategies they employed to improve post-acute care (PAC) and curb PAC spending, healthcare organizations responded as follows:

- Care transition management: 84 percent

- Formation of post-acute care collaborative: 58 percent

- Integration of all post-acute care services: 41 percent

- Creation of preferred PAC network: 34 percent

- Other: 11 percent

The infographic also documents the prevalence of ongoing PAC improvement programs (95 percent) and the inclusion of post-acute care in value-based reimbursement methodologies (53 percent). In other benchmarks, 42 percent said skilled nursing is the PAC area most in need of reform.

Quote Attributable to Melanie Matthews, HIN Executive VP and COO:

"Medicare is turning its attention to the post-acute care sector, looking at assignment of patients to clinically appropriate settings as well as the quality and efficiency of care delivered in these facilities," noted Melanie Matthews, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Healthcare Intelligence Network. "CMS is already testing post-acute care payment reform with its bundled payment pilot. Providers should begin the critical quality improvement work now to prepare for inevitable changes in PAC reimbursement."

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About the Research: The 2015 Post-Acute Care Trends survey was administered in July 2015 via the Healthcare Intelligence Network Web site at Throughout the month, respondents were invited to take the survey via e-mail, e-newsletter and social media reminders. A total of 92 healthcare companies answered the survey, which asked 21 questions about ongoing PAC quality improvement, including program components and strategies; tools and best practices; results, challenges and ROI; and more, with multiple responses possible on some questions. Some questions were open-ended, inviting write-in responses. Not all surveys were fully completed. Data is qualitative, with results compiled by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

View HIN's infographic on post-acute care trends at

Respondent Demographics: Responses to the July 2015 survey on Post-Acute Care Trends were submitted by 92 organizations. Of 46 respondents identifying their organization type, 28 percent were hospitals or health systems, 15 percent were health plans, 13 percent were home health, 10 percent identified as physician-hospital organizations, 9 percent were SNFs, and 26 percent categorized their organization type as 'Other.'

Data Source: These metrics were adapted from 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Post-Acute Care Trends, a 40-page resource available in print, instant PDF download or print-PDF combinations. Learn more about 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Post-Acute Care Trends at

HIN Benchmarks Membership: 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Post-Acute Care Trends is the latest in HIN's Healthcare Benchmarks series. Benchmarks members automatically receive the latest benchmarks reports the day they are published, at a significant savings. Learn more about HIN's Benchmarks Membership at

About the Healthcare Intelligence Network: HIN is the premier advisory service for executives seeking high-quality strategic information on the business of healthcare. For more information, contact the Healthcare Intelligence Network, PO Box 1442, Wall Township, NJ 07719-1442, (888) 446-3530, fax (732) 449-4463, e-mail, or visit
Please contact Patricia Donovan to arrange an interview or to obtain additional quotes.

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Download an executive summary of 2015 Post-Acute Care Trends survey results at
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