Post-Acute Care

Hospitals are increasingly responsible for patient outcomes after hospital discharge due to readmission penalties, bundled payment programs and other payment and quality initiatives.  Post-acute care (PAC) includes rehabilitation or palliative services that beneficiaries receive after, or in some cases instead of, a stay in an acute care hospital. Depending on the intensity of care the patient requires, treatment may include a stay in a facility, ongoing outpatient therapy, or care provided at home. Post-acute care providers play an essential role in ensuring that discharged patients receive the care they need and have a smooth transition back to a community-based setting.  WHA is developing initiatives and resources to support hospitals and health systems as they respond to the changes in the post-acute care environment and develop effective partnerships with post-acute providers.  



WHA Contact:

Laura Rose

Vice President

Policy Development