The 6 Keys to Post-Acute Care Coordination

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA on Nov 11, 2019

Care Planning with LaptopMany hospitals and health systems are developing preferred post-acute care networks to improve patient outcomes by collaborating with high-quality skilled nursing facilities, to participate in shared-savings arrangements such as accountable care organizations or Medicare or Medicaid Advantage bundled or capitated payments, or to reduce avoidable readmissions and unnecessary ED visits. In many cases, their goals include all of the above.

About 40% of Medicare beneficiaries receive post-acute care after a hospital discharge, which cost Medicare more than $60 billion in 2015. Building a post-acute care preferred provider network is particularly important for better management of total costs of care and to succeed in value-based purchasing programs.

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Thalken brings more than 30 years of experience in health-care leadership to our company. Prior to joining the company, she served as Enterprise Vice President for Care Logistics in Atlanta, Ga. She has held executive leadership positions at hospitals in Nebraska and Iowa, including the position of System Quality Executive for Alegent Health. Thalken has presented on the topics of improving quality, patient flow and throughput at various industry conferences and webinars. Thalken holds an MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Organization of Nurse Executives and American Case Management Association.


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