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.
The Quest for Quality Award
Atrium Health’s Carolinas Rehabilitation, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. was named as the 2019 recipient of the American Hospital Association Quest for Quality Prize. Carolinas Rehabilitation, the first rehabilitation network to win the Quest for Quality Prize, was selected by a multi-disciplinary committee of health care quality and patient safety experts based on its exemplary achievements in engaging with community partners to address social determinants of health, empowering its workforce to excel and innovate and improving access for all patients.