Post-Acute Care Advocacy Alliance

Introduction

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 meets 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.

Resources

 

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Brian Moore, MD, headshot. Physician Leader of Utilization Management, Physician Advisor Services, Atrium Health

Brian Moore, MD
Physician Leader of Utilization Management
Physician Advisor Services
Atrium Health

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Study Downplays Vital Role of Long-term Care Hospitals in Patient Care
 

Long-term care hospitals, or LTCHs, and the other three post-acute care settings have been central to our recovery from COVID-19. The pandemic has particularly highlighted the distinct clinical competencies of LTCHs. However, a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research that has gotten renewed attention lately makes the erroneous suggestion that shifting patients from LTCHs to skilled nursing facilities can save Medicare money without affecting patient care.

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