Acute Care Involvement in Post Acute Care Using the Hybrid For/Non-Profit Model
The Merriman Good Life Foundation – Kevin McMahon
In a global sense acute care (AC) has enthusiastically embraced the goals imbedded in the triple aim (better care for individuals, better health for populations and lower overall health care costs). The critical question is whether the goals of the triple aim still apply once a patient leaves the sanctuary of acute care and ventures into the world of Post Acute Care (PAC).
In terms of fiscal realities, poor performance in today’s world by post acute care can result in re-admission penalties borne entirely by acute care.
In tomorrow’s world (2018, 2019) of capitation payments that combine AC and PAC reimbursement into a single episodic payment there will be significant risk to be shared between AC and PAC. This scenario will cry out for acute care to have fully aligned post acute partners.