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The mechanisms of building a post-acute care network: navigating the care continuum

Beutler, William (2016) The mechanisms of building a post-acute care network: navigating the care continuum. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Healthcare continues to rapidly evolve from a simplistic fee-for-service model to that of healthcare system management of a population. Healthcare management models that seek to advance public health include the requirement that an episode of care comprehensively also incorporate the post-acute care placement, management, and costs. Historically, post-acute care has been managed by independent providers. However, in an era of bundled payment and responsibility for the entire episode of care being transferred to a hospital-based health care network, it is now imperative that health care systems develop a partnership on some level with their post-acute care providers. Currently the public health is served by primarily independent post-acute care providers that are often expensive and rarely coordinate with the providers that refer patients to them. The impact of this is that a high cost post-acute care episode is driven by an individual institution seeking to maximizing revenue with a sole focus on the post-acute care issues and with little knowledge of the overall long term needs of the individual patient. This uncoordinated system has a meaningful negative impact on the value of care provided. Ultimately with respect to the population there is a consequential public health impact that offers a significant opportunity for improvement.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Beutler, Williamwcb12@pitt.eduWCB12
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairFriede, Samuelfriede@pitt.eduFRIEDEUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberAlbert, Stevensmalbert@pitt.eduSMALBERTUNSPECIFIED
Date: 31 March 2016
Date Type: Submission
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2016 16:42
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 11:58


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