Deaconess was recognized for its leading edge initiatives related to population health in McKnight's Long-Term Care News, the pre-eminent magazine for long-term caregiving professionals.
John Mach, chief medical officer at Evolent Health included Deaconess' efforts in his May 3, 2017 guest column entitled, "Navigating the discharge process."
While describing a personal story about helping his mother find the best post-acute care setting, Mr. Mach wrote, "For example, Deaconess built a post-acute care network of SNFs with which it can share data, set up collaborative goals and learning programs, and improve handoff processes so the SNF has the info it needs when accepting patients.
Providers are paying attention specifically to the continuum of care. With the shift to value, orthopedic surgeons must consider potentially lower-cost post-acute care alternatives that coincidentally might promote faster independence for the patient. Additionally, providers are focusing more on PREhabilitation to get patients in shape prior to surgery. As a result, providers are opting for same-day joint replacements and skipping hospital admission altogether, or skipping the SNF and going straight to more cost-effective and desirable home rehab.
The key, though, is planning. Deaconess learned that the post-acute care spend for its Next Gen population was double that of a well-managed benchmark. It has since incorporated post-acute care planning with patients, initiated pre-op education, implemented prehab, standardized products and started monitoring outcomes to achieve the Triple Aim."
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