Post-acute care is a growing and essential health and social service, accounting for more $2.7 trillion spent on personal health care, and, of that, almost 15% of total Medicare spending.
The AHA's nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health organizations includes 3,300 post-acute care providers, including free-standing post-acute hospitals and post-acute units. Post-acute care settings include long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and home health agencies. AHA supports enhanced coordination between general acute-care hospitals and post-acute providers to improve overall quality of care and reduce total health spending.
The AHA and its Section for Long-Term Care & Rehabilitation meet the unique needs of post-acute care providers through
- Representation and advocacy
- Participation in public policy development
- Communication, education, and management strategies including specialized education and networking opportunities
- Collaborating with national organizations to lay the foundation for aligned positions on behalf of post-acute care providers across the continuum of care.