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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As healthcare organizations work toward greater integration, one key player has rarely been mentioned. I really believe that by leaving EMS out of the conversation, we're missing a golden opportunity to further the goals of healthcare reform. Lately, I've been pleased to see growing interest in the concept of community paramedicine.

3/28/2017 7:42:17 PM | 6 comments

Reducing 30-day readmissions is a high priority for hospitals and SNFs, as readmissions pentalties for both facilities kick in next year. Here's how a Maryland ED is working closely with a nearby long-term care facility to provide better care continuity for post-acute patients. Read More...
2/6/2017 1:17:56 PM | 3 comments

Long-term acute care facilities (LTACs) fill an important role in the Acute Care Continuum by bridging the gap between hospital and home. In many cases, quality post-acute care can help to shorten inpatient stays and reduce overall costs. As such, it will likely play a crucial role in coming years as we strive to meet the needs of an aging population. Read More...
10/31/2016 12:05:39 PM | 3 comments

Telehealth can help both hospitals and SNFs meet the challenges of healthcare reform. In today's post, we explore the benefits of this approach for facilites, physicians, and patients. Read More...
10/3/2016 12:10:35 PM | 2 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
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