Value-based payment models could lead to preferred post-acute networks

“Hospitals are seeking to hold post-acute-care providers accountable because they have more at risk under value-based payment models,” according to a May 9 story in Modern Healthcare. The story reports on a growing number of hospital systems moving to evaluate post-acute facilities based on a variety of measures. Examples of data required from post-acutes include infection rates, length of stay and hospital readmission rates. The hospital systems then create their own preferred networks of facilities which they present to patients who need post-acute care. “Preferred SNF networks represent an aggressive new strategy by hospitals to gain more control over quality and costs in the largely independent skilled-nursing facility sector,” according to the Modern Healthcare story. Efforts like these are part of the move to value-based care, which is intended to reduce hospital readmission rates, lead to shorter lengths of stay in the SNFs, and otherwise improve quality of care for patients.