At the 2018 American Hospital Association (AHA) Leadership Summit in San Diego, California, the Health Dimensions Group (HDG) team sat side-by-side with our hospital clients and partners as they addressed the challenges hospitals are facing. Some of these challenges are value-based payment, consumerism, and the drive toward population health. The sessions were a call to action by providing inspiration and sharing examples of innovation and partnerships.
As a post-acute, long-term care, and senior care provider and a consultant to organizations across the health care continuum, HDG has a unique perspective on these challenges and how they affect the relationship between acute care providers and their post-acute care partners. Hospitals and post-acute care providers are in a symbiotic relationship: Hospitals rely on post-acute care providers to provide high-quality and cost-effective care; and post-acute care providers rely on hospitals for the majority of their referrals and for clinical support to their residents.
Hospitals and post-acute providers care for many of the same patients, face the same challenges, and are tasked with the same goals. But, they speak a different language and are incented and reimbursed very differently. During our travels throughout the country speaking to providers across the continuum, we hear about four top trends.
As confirmed at the AHA meeting, acute care providers are in different stages of acute and post-acute care integration, with most being in the first part of stage 2 and very few in stage 3, as identified in the figure below.
To move toward fully realized integration of acute care and post-acute care, HDG recommends:
HDG can help hospitals and post-acute care providers in developing successful partnerships. You can reach us at 763.537.5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authored by: Erin Shvetzoff Hennessey, MA, NHA, CPG, Chief Executive Officer