Perspectives on the Acute Care Continuum

The Acute Care Continuum is the integration of urgent, emergent, inpatient and post-discharge care of patients with acute medical conditions.

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mental-health-emergencyMany patients in mental health crisis present to the ED, only to endure long waits for a psychiatric consult or admission to an inpatient treatment facility. The team at Rideout Memorial Hospital believed they could do better for this vulnerable population. Here's how a unique partnership between ED providers, telepsychiatry, and county health workers is providing faster, safer, and more humane care for psychiatric emergencies. Read More...
5/3/2017 1:04:15 PM | 0 comments

telepsychiatry for psychiatric emergenciesInnovative physician groups are partnering with hospitals large and small to bring on-demand telepsychiatry consultation into the ED. Such programs can make a real difference for patients — not to mention the hospital's bottom line. In today's blog post we'll look at one example: St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, Calif. Read More...
4/26/2017 12:28:56 PM | 2 comments

Last week CEP America honored our best and brightest at our 41st Annual Partnership Meeting. Here’s a roundup of blog posts, case studies, videos, and other resources inspired by our winners.  Read More...
11/9/2016 6:23:15 PM | 1 comments

The eastern Texas town of Lufkin is located over 50 miles from the nearest FedEx delivery point. In the past, area residents in psychiatric crisis endured long waits in the emergency department (ED), hospital or even jail to access specialized behavioral healthcare — often at facilities far from home. But that's all changing, thanks to an innovative new delivery model.  Read More...
4/30/2015 3:12:11 PM | 4 comments

 In the past several years, many hospital emergency departments (EDs) have focused on improving throughput — often with positive results. But one group of vulnerable patients is still waiting for change. And waiting.
 
Due to funding cuts and the closure of inpatient psychiatric facilities, patients experiencing a mental health crisis often end up boarded in EDs for days. In some underserved areas, stays of over a week aren't unusual. Read More...
11/25/2014 2:43:46 PM | 2 comments