Our fragmented health care system is rapidly transforming into a more integrated delivery system where providers need to work together more closely to provide the best and most appropriate care. An important part of the equation is post-acute care providers. Emerging innovations in post-acute care delivery models point the way to better and more patient-centered care. Post-acute care providers described the essential role they play in these new models at an AHA-hosted briefing Wednesday for congressional staff on Capitol Hill. They said more regulatory relief is critical to properly craft and test these innovations, and they called on policymakers to go slow in rolling out broader programmatic changes until we can learn more from the demonstration programs currently underway. It’s a message the AHA will amplify as we work to ensure that changes to health care delivery are implemented responsibly and improve care for patients and communities.

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