KLAS probes pitfalls of post-acute care

For most organizations, 'there’s a lot of foundation yet to be laid'
By Mike Miliard
10:56 AM

The latest report from KLAS shows that meager reimbursements and strained resources are posing big challenges for health systems as they try to manage post-acute care.

The report, titled "Post-Acute Care Perception 2013: High Hopes and Big Plans," finds that, even as the growth of ACOs spurs interest in post-acute care — as providers increasingly recognize that it is a key to improving outcomes and lowering costs — most organizations are unsure how best to approach it.

KLAS researchers spoke to 77 hospitals and 51 post-acute care facilities nationwide for the report, to learn more about their strategies and technology buys. Vendors assessed in the study include Allscripts, CareAnyware, Cerner, Delta, Epic, HealthMEDX, HealthWyse, Homecare Homebase, McKesson, MDI Achieve, MEDITECH, NTT Data, PointClickCare, Procura and Thornberry.

“For most health systems today, post-acute care seems like a mirage when it comes to the care continuum,” says report author Erik Bermudez, in a press statement. “They can see it in front of them as an important component of their go-forward strategy, but when the time comes to make post-acute care a reality within their continuum of care, it’s simply not ready. For most, there’s a lot of foundation yet to be laid.”

Access the KLAS report here.

[See also: ACO start-ups in IT-buying mode]


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