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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Done right, holding orders can help to relieve ED crowding and provide a more pleasant environment for patients. In today's post, I'll examine the pros and cons of this approach and share some best practices from our CEP America EDs.
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8/9/2017 11:25:16 AM | 5 comments

Surveys suggest that the majority of Americans would prefer not to receive life-prolonging care if they were suffering due to an incurable condition. Yet CMS estimates that only about 55 percent of older inpatients have a "goals of care" conversation documented in their charts. Here's how CEP America is using provider education to ensure that every patient has a voice in these important matters. Read More...
6/14/2017 1:07:53 PM | 6 comments

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.

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3/28/2017 7:42:17 PM | 5 comments

Good Samaritan Hospital is committed to improving outcomes and patient experience. Here's how administrators and the medical staff approached integration and how CEP America physician leaders helped them to create more meaningful integration between service lines. Read More...
2/15/2017 11:19:59 AM | 2 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
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