Determining the appropriate post-acute care (PAC) delivery setting for a patient based on his or her medical needs is essential to achieving optimal outcomes and reducing readmissions, especially immediately following a stay in the ICU.
However, not all post-acute providers have the same capabilities, and therefore do not care for patients with the same clinical needs.
While long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), two of the four pillars of the post-acute continuum, are often misunderstood as fulfilling the same role, they exist to care for patients with different admitting conditions and severity of illness.
View the infographic below to gain insight into the typical patient profile at each setting, as well as how to best meet patient needs.
Dr. Sean Muldoon, SVP, CMO for Kindred Hospitals, oversees clinical care oversight, medical staff affairs, and strategic relationships.