As financial pressure continues to affect hospitals across the country, healthcare leaders are looking for a partnership to increase financial stability in an ever-changing healthcare landscape.
The partnership can help hospitals efficiently leverage additional resources to provide high-quality patient care, strengthen service lines, and improve access and the overall patient experience.
Read this guide to learn how hospital leaders can overcome today’s unique challenges and make the most of the growing opportunity through a joint venture or rehabilitation contract management partnership – ultimately beneficial to the financial performance of your hospital.
With the help of an experienced partner, hospitals can improve their post-acute strategies in five key ways:
1. Improving performance in value-based care
The shift to value-based care has pushed hospitals to cut costs while improving quality and outcomes. In a study of value-based trends, it was found that more than a third of national reimbursement contracts are now value-based. This percentage has tended to increase every year since 2015.1
A post-acute partnership strategy helps equip hospital staff and management with the necessary resources to improve the quality and efficiency of care, make faster transfers to post-acute care facilities, reduce the risk readmission rates and generate long-term savings for the entire hospital.
2. Increase in efficiency of care to reduce rehospitalizations
Rehospitalizations and other transfers in the post-acute continuum can lead to poor patient satisfaction and poor quality of care, ultimately leading to negative financial consequences. Research shows that some of the nation’s worst-performing hospitals can face readmission penalties two to three times higher than those operating at an average rate.2
With specialized expertise, access to national resources and data, and a team with a focused ability to recruit and retain top talent, a rehabilitation partner can dramatically increase a hospital’s ability to deliver excellent patient care efficiently. Additionally, a rehabilitation partner can help produce faster recovery times, lower costs of care, and create an overall more positive patient experience.
3. Supports Medicare’s “Triple Aim”
Successfully managing all aspects of a rehabilitation unit has become more challenging due to the increasing complexity of the patients treated, the risks of readmission, and the expansion of value-based care integration. However, if a health system is able to put in place an effective post-acute strategy, it can better manage the complexities of the program.
The Rehabilitation Partnership supports Medicare’s Triple Aim, helping to:
– Improve care. To provide exceptional care to individuals through high quality programs aimed at improving a patient’s health and independence.
– Improve community health. Experienced partners have access to the latest national trends and resources beyond the data available for individual facilities. This allows local programs to be equipped with the best treatment plans to effectively treat a wider variety of complex conditions.
– Reduced cost of care. Increased access, expertise and quality for patients leads to better outcomes, shorter length of stay and fewer readmissions. Additionally, facilities are able to more effectively deploy resources and improve operational efficiency, further reducing costs.
An effective partner will also have a well-organized system for moving patients through the phases of care efficiently. This helps reduce costs per patient, improves regulatory compliance, and enables patients requiring specialized care to receive high-quality care.
4. Specialized care for COVID-19 and medically complex patients
Throughout the pandemic, specialty hospitals have played an invaluable role in the public health response. Research notes that 20% of patients who recover from COVID-19 require residential rehabilitation.2 This value has been demonstrated by the interdisciplinary rehabilitation teams that have helped patients recover from severe clinical presentations of COVID-19.
Hospitals that partnered with experts to implement their inpatient rehabilitation program before the pandemic were often better prepared to deal with fluctuations in care, including patient volume, recruitment challenges, safety protocols advances and new therapies for COVID-19 patients.
5. Simplified care pathway for patients
As stated in the guide, “10 steps to optimize your rehab unit,“The research notes that rehabilitation therapy services are expected to continue to grow post COVID-19 through 2028. With this expected growth, it is important to assess where patients will receive rehabilitation care and where there is opportunity to keep patients in the system.
Expanding post-acute services across the hospital’s continuum of care helps the hospital better control outcomes, reduce care transitions, and maintain patient satisfaction throughout the care journey.
How partnership can contribute to the financial performance of the hospital
Partnering with a specialist rehabilitation expert can ease the burden of inpatient rehabilitation management, increase patient access, and help improve clinical quality and operational efficiency, ultimately helping the hospital achieve better financial performance.
To learn how a partnership can help your hospital achieve its strategic goals, visit Kindredrehab.com.
- Or, J., & Duvall, S. (2020, June). The next decade of value-based care. Hany’s Managed Care.
- Fary Khan, MBBS, MD, FAFRM (RACP), Bhasker Amatya, DMedSci, MD, MPH, Medical rehabilitation in the event of a pandemic: towards a new perspective, Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vol. 52, issue 4, April 9, 2020
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