By Katie Sullivan
As healthcare reform leads to a change from the fee-for-service payment model to value-based, quality-focused care, hospitals around the country must solve the care coordination puzzle.
From admission to discharge and beyond, hospitals now take a more active role in improving patient engagement, patient navigation, physician engagement, medical monitoring technology and working with pharmacists and other specialists to align all the pieces to create more affordable, quality healthcare.
One of the most important aspects of care coordination is a team-based approach between hospitals and post-acute care facilities to reduce readmissions and improve patient satisfaction, while emphasizing preventive healthcare, said Janet Comrey, R.N., a senior consultant for population health at Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania, in an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare.
To help hospitals work toward this goal, FierceHealthcare examines the five aspects of care coordination that organizations must tackle.