CEP America’s post-acute care practice line plays a vital role in ensuring patients receive the care they need to have a smooth transition back home after a hospitalization. Additionally, as hospitals assume more financial risk for patients, post-acute care is an integral extension of a hospital’s care delivery model and has a direct impact on its reputation and bottom line.
Our physicians serve as medical directors of long-term acute care facilities (LTACs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and other post-acute settings, managing transitions and coordinating care plans. Working closely with our ED and inpatient colleagues, we provide a seamless continuum of care as patients move through their care journeys. We nurture close relationships with our hospital colleagues through involvement in hospital committees and by providing education about post-acute patients and services.
Benefits of Post-Acute Care Coordination
Well-coordinated post-acute care can deliver significant benefits across the healthcare continuum:
- Preventing avoidable hospital readmissions
- Improving the overall quality of patient care
- Decreasing inpatient length of stay
- Improving the patient and family experience
- Ensuring safe and smooth transitions of care for patients moving into or out of the post-acute care facility
- Improving efficiency and lowering costs through better communication and coordination of care with inpatient colleagues
- Decreasing Potentially Avoidable Utilization (PAU)
Telehealth in the Post-Acute Care Setting
Post-acute care facilities, along with other care settings across the continuum, are seeking innovative ways to improve outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance the patient experience. Our telehealth program helps physicians perform clinical assessments and make accurate diagnoses while allowing them to extend their oversight across multiple sites. It provides a clear view of many health conditions and supports onsite nursing and caregiver efforts in the post-acute setting. In order to avoid subjecting the post-acute patient to a potentially risky transfer, we also utilize telehealth to obtain specialist consults.
Transforming Post-Acute Care for Better Outcomes
As hospitals assume more risk for care that extends beyond their walls, LTACs, SNFs, and other post-acute care facilities are vital members of the care continuum, partnering with referring hospitals to deliver high quality care and an exceptional patient experience. Backed by our quality track record and experience integrating care across settings, our physicians will help position your post-acute facility as an ideal strategic partner for neighboring hospitals.