As­cen­sion cre­ates se­nior-care divi­sion

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Steven Ross John­son

To deepen its foot­print in the posta­cute-care sec­tor, As­cen­sion Health has formed a se­nior-care divi­sion to in­te­grate its ex­ten­sive post-acute-

care ser­vices and es­tab­lish more uni­form care stan­dards.

The new divi­sion rep­re­sents a re­struc­tur­ing of the St. Louis-based health­care provider’s ex­ist­ing se­nior­care ser­vices, which will in­clude its in­de­pen­dent-liv­ing, as­sisted-liv­ing and skilled-nurs­ing fa­cil­i­ties, un­der the name As­cen­sion Health Se­nior Care.

The new divi­sion also will in­clude its Pro­gram of All-in­clu­sive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, a care-co­or­di­na­tion ini­tia­tive cov­ered by Medi­care and Med­i­caid for adults age 55 and older. PACE par­tic­i­pants re­ceive com­mu­nity-based, co­or­di­nated care from a team that pro­vides pre­scrip­tion-drug cov­er­age, physi­cian care, trans­porta­tion, home care, checkups, hos­pi­tals vis­its and nurs­ing home stays.

Over­all, the move is ex­pected to make As­cen­sion Health the sec­ond­largest not-for-profit, long-term-care op­er­a­tor in the coun­try, with more than 5,500 se­nior-care beds. Its three PACE pro­grams have 725 dual-el­i­gi­ble en­rollees.

As­cen­sion, a Ro­man-Catholic provider that is the na­tion’s largest pri- vate not-for-profit health sys­tem, has 34 se­nior-care fa­cil­i­ties across the coun­try.

“It is es­sen­tially a re­or­ga­ni­za­tion of our ex­ist­ing se­nior ser­vices and pro­grams that are around the coun­try, typ­i­cally lo­cated in our lo­cal min­istries,” Robert Henkel, CEO of As­cen­sion Health, said. “What we’re do­ing is bring­ing them all to­gether to op­er­ate to­gether as a fo­cus on pa­tient-cen­tered care for se­niors, and to take ad­van­tage of our best prac­tices, our knowl­edge and our ex­pe­ri­ence in this par­tic­u­lar area on a na­tional scale.”

Formed in 1999, As­cen­sion Health has 131 hos­pi­tals and 1,900 care sites across 23 states and the District of Columbia.

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