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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Every year, thousands of international physicians arrive in the United States on non-immigrant visas to complete a residency or fellowship. Many hope to practice here permanently. 

In today's post, Perspectives shares why sponsoring visa candidates creates a win-win for promising physicians and their employers, plus CEP America's approach to the process. 
 
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3/22/2016 11:15:44 AM | 2 comments

Authors from Kaiser Permanente, the University of California at Irvine and George Washington University recently published an outcome study comparing 2011 emergency department (ED) utilization and emergency hospitalization among members of America's largest integrated care system with those of nonmembers. The results not only challenge much of the conventional wisdom of policy makers and health plan sponsors, they offer a compelling vision for how acute care systems should be integrated with primary care and population health management. In today's post, one of the study's authors shares his thoughts on its significance. Read More...
1/12/2016 10:18:53 AM | 0 comments

As our healthcare system shifts toward value-based payments, more hospitals are entering into risk-sharing arrangements with payers. As a result, emergency departments (EDs) are increasingly expected to engage in population health management (PHM) efforts. In this post, I'll describe an innovative PHM process followed at two CEP America EDs, plus some considerations for implementation. Read More...
11/19/2015 1:23:14 PM | 2 comments

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) had a huge impact on healthcare delivery. Most notably, it gave our system a massive push toward value-based reimbursement schemes that reward providers for delivering the best quality care at the lowest cost.
 
To maximize value over time, providers must take an active role in promoting the health of the populations they serve — even when those patients do not proactively seek care. 
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10/29/2015 1:36:41 PM | 5 comments

Emergency department utilization has been on the rise for decades, and expanded coverage appears to be exacerbating the problem. Some states have responded by penalizing patients for "inappropropriate" usage. But is there a more humane answer? Read More...
10/20/2015 10:44:23 AM | 4 comments
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