For those of us who have lived in the post-acute care space for a while, these are some exciting times. Some fairly significant change is upon us, and, of course, new challenges come along with it. How are we going to respond? How will PAC providers transition from fee-for-service to value-based purchasing and bundled payments? And what about the CMS final rule? It’s the first comprehensive update in 25 years, and it requires long-term care facilities ensure staff members have the right skill sets and competencies to provide quality care to residents. These compliance measures are going to require an understanding of which PAC facilities are best suited to care for a particular patient, because not all PAC providers are created equal. Staffing and acute care capabilities vary from one to the next. Capturing that information and closing performance gaps is going to require technology.
A post in McKnight’s dives a little deeper into this new environment and provides some insight for PAC providers. Check it out.