Focus on Post-Acute Care: Lower Costs, Fewer Readmissions, Happier Patients
The broad effort to reduce hospital readmissions, in part spurred by Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, has led many hospitals to explore novel approaches to curbing return visits by discharged patients. Such efforts have included investing in more sophisticated home-health and telehealth programs, hiring patient navigators, building in strategic service-line interventions, using analytic platforms, and taking aim at the underlying social determinants of health or population health-related conditions that stifle progress. Careful coordination with nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities is also vital, as the proper post-acute pathway can reduce readmissions (and associated penalties), boost patient satisfaction, and help save money for providers, insurers and patients – a potential triple win. In this session, attendees will hear from hospital leaders and healthcare experts who have made real gains in reducing readmissions and length of stay to improve quality and lower costs. In addition, U.S. News & World Report data analysts will share insights based on quality measurement data about the role of better discharge planning in improving performance.