Home health, which provides post-acute medical services directly in a patient’s home, increasingly plays two interesting roles in the post-acute industry: as skilled nursing competitor and potential ally. And as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) pushes for care coordination and value-based purchasing, skilled nursing providers increasingly are forming relationships with home health agencies.
The challenge facing the skilled nursing sector, Ray Thivierge explained during a recent interview with NIC, is that a massive realignment is taking place as the health care system shifts from a fee-for-service to value-based reimbursements.
Hospital relationships are a critical component for success within the current post-acute care (PAC) environment. With hospitals now more willing than ever to listen, building these relationships should be one of the top priorities for skilled nursing providers and other PAC providers.