Improving ACOs One Patient at a Time
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The number of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) has grown significantly since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. ACOs now provide care for 15-17% of Americans, according to Forbes.
For many patients, ACOs are improving the quality of care provided by hospitals, post-acute facilities and other health care facilities. “Shared Savings Program ACOs improved on 30 of the 33 quality measures in the first 2 years,” reported the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
While there is evidence of success, improving ACOs is still a government priority. Challenges have resulted in ACOs dropping out of government incentive programs, dismantling and/or lacking in improvement initiatives.
Obstacles Challenging ACOs Nationwide:
- Adjusting to the new evidence-based reimbursement system
- Low staff to patient ratio, leading to exasperating caseloads for physician and nurse practitioner (NP)
- Outdated technology
- Inefficient leadership and/or management
- Insufficient number of qualified physicians
- Communication barriers between physicians and collaborating facilities
With more than 30 years in the health care industry, General Medicine, The Post-Hospitalist Company, has developed a new specialty that eases many of the challenges ACOs face.
A post-hospitalist program is a specialized approach to caring for geriatric, rehabilitation, and chronic care patients in post-hospital and long-term care environments. Post-hospitalists (formerly known as SNFist) are physicians and nurse practitioners who collaboratively provide medical services exclusively on-site in long-term acute care hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing, nursing homes, assisted living and other various post-acute settings.
Post-hospitalists techniques ensure post-hospital environments are able to meet and exceed the performance standards and 33 quality measures CMS has set for ACOs.
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