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How Postacute Care is Evolving
HealthLeaders Media

The quest to deliver value for patients at health systems and hospitals has opened up a new frontier filled with golden opportunity: postacute care.

“There are huge benefits and very few downsides to the evolving partnerships between hospitals and postacute care settings,” says Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, a gerontology professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health in Philadelphia. “It is evolutionary. It could be faster; but, nonetheless, we are not going back.”

With shared interests in reducing readmission rates and associated Medicare payment penalties, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities are in the vanguard of this evolutionary movement, but the scale of change is much broader, Naylor says. “The 30-day readmission penalty for hospitals and their SNF partners is a marker, not the endgame. The state of play right now is: How do we get to better longer-term overall care coordination?”