While post-acute care is a relatively small segment of the health care continuum (approximately 15 percent of Medicare expenditures), these patients have become a critical market segment in today’s environment of Health Reform. Although relatively low in volume, these are often the most medically complex, functionally impaired, and costly patients within a health system. And, under emerging health reform initiatives, including ACOs and bundled payments, these are the patients who present the greatest financial risk for providers.
As such, post-acute providers must first meet the patient’s clinical and functionalneeds so that the patient can return safely to the community if possible. However, unlike today’s fee-for-service environment, post-acute providers must be able to demonstrate positive outcomes and low cost so that the health system can manage its patients under at-risk reimbursement models. At the same time, post-acute programs must continue to support the discharge planning and throughput needs of its acute care referral sources.
The strength of Walter Consulting flows from our ability to provide integrated solutions that meet the needs of multiple constituents in today’s changing environment. We will help your organization develop a results-oriented plan that manages the diverse needs of complex patient populations, acute care referral sources, and the post-acute providers and networks.
Foundation of Successful Post-acute Programs…
- High clinical quality
- Measureable outcomes
- Responsive to acute care needs
- Financially strong
- Medicare compliant
- Preparing for the future!