Op­ti­miz­ing Care Across the Con­tin­uum

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK IN HEALTHCARE - By Nancy Lakier, Leanne Hun­stock and Bar­bara Keller

Health­care is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a fun­da­men­tal shift as new busi­ness mod­els emerge. Evolv­ing to value based care, which strikes a bal­ance be­tween en­sur­ing qual­ity and main­tain­ing prof­itabil­ity, is be­com­ing a com­pelling strate­gic im­per­a­tive. Mak­ing smooth, ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive con­nec­tions from the physi­cian’s of­fice or clinic to the hospi­tal stay and then the re­turn home or other ap­pro­pri­ate level of care venue is crit­i­cal to driv­ing value based care through op­ti­miza­tion across the con­tin­uum. This ar­ti­cle pro­vides prac­ti­cal guid­ance for de­vel­op­ing these con­nec­tions to max­i­mize each pa­tient touch-point and min­i­mize costly in­ef­fi­cien­cies.

Es­sen­tial com­po­nents in­clude:

Defin­ing out­comes for each pa­tient or pa­tient pop­u­la­tion Or­ches­trat­ing pro­cesses to en­sure qual­ity and fi­nan­cial out­comes are met

In­te­grat­ing the mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team’s ef­forts to man­age care both in the hospi­tal and be­yond the hospi­tal walls

Proac­tive plan­ning to progress pa­tient care across the con­tin­uum The ab­sence of these el­e­ments may re­sult in a risk of poor qual­ity out­comes, un­nec­es­sary re­turns to higher lev­els of care, and un­nec­es­sary la­bor and sup­ply costs, thus un­der­min­ing the abil­ity to achieve the par­a­digm shift to the value based care strate­gic im­per­a­tive.

The So­lu­tion:

De­sign an ac­count­able pa­tient-cen­tered care de­liv­ery sys­tem across the con­tin­uum by:

1. Ad­just­ing Physi­cian Prac­tice Vari­a­tion to Im­prove Fi­nan­cial and Qual­ity Out­comes

2. Ad­just­ing Op­er­a­tions to Man­age and Se­quence Care and re­duce ex­penses

3. Align­ing In­pa­tient Case Man­age­ment and Ex­pand to Con­tin­uum Care Man­age­ment For an in-depth look at how you can bring your fa­cil­ity in line with the next era of care, visit Mod­ern­health­care.com/ per­spec­tives_novi­as­trate­gies.

Evolv­ing to value based care, which strikes a bal­ance be­tween en­sur­ing qual­ity and main­tain­ing prof­itabil­ity, is be­com­ing a com­pelling strate­gic

im­per­a­tive.

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