ACOs must have a strong long-term care component

Hospitals must develop stronger relationships with long-term care providers and home health agencies in preparation of participating in a successful ACO, says a longtime healthcare marketing and management consultant, who shares his reasons in a new post on our leadership blog, Hospital Impact.

"These separate entities need to start talking to each other," he writes, "because as hospitals theoretically switch from a sickness to a wellness model and coordinate care throughout the continuum, aging services providers will be in some way part of the hospital's accountable care organization." -- Read more on Hospital Impact

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