Today the AHA hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to educate Congressional staffers on how post acute hospitals are playing an essential role in new delivery models.  The four panelists were:

 

William Altman

Executive Vice President for Strategy, Policy and Integrated Care

Kindred Healthcare

Louisville, KY

 

Justin Hunter

Senior Vice President, Public Policy, Legislation and Regulations

HealthSouth

Birmingham, AL

 

Michael Spigel

President and Chief Operating Officer

Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital

Jacksonville, FL

 

Mary Beth Walsh, MD

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Medical Director

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

White Plains, NY

Key takeaways from the briefing include:

 

  • Efforts to coordinate with acute hospitals, bundled payments and improved discharges make it challenging to reform the delivery system and it must be patient-centered
  • Panelists urged the need for regulatory relief
  • Regulatory red tape complicates efforts to innovate

 

For more background on the topic, head to AHA’s Post-Acute Issues page and read our Trendwatch.