Skilled nursing providers are facing an extremely challenging operating environment, but they must keep adapting and innovating as the shift toward value-based care continues across the U.S. health care system.
And in fact, providers have tremendous opportunities to seize.
“Value-based care through the population health management model is the most exciting thing I’ve had the chance to be a part of in my 30 years in the industry,” said Mark Parkinson, CEO and president of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), at the organization’s recent Population Health Management Summit.
To succeed, skilled nursing providers must understand the definition of value-based or accountable care, educate staff, and consider the various models that provide paths forward.
And federal agencies driving the creation of value-based care models are aware of the importance of skilled nursing facilities and the role that SNF providers can play in reducing fragmentation of care, said Ellen Lukens, deputy director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).