Care coordination is becoming increasingly important in U.S. healthcare for a variety of reasons, including the increased use of value-based care models, the behavioral care shortage and a boom in home healthcare.
The pandemic underscored the need for providers to lean into value-based care – physicians are paid according to the quality of care they deliver, as indicated by patient outcomes. As these models become more prevalent, it’s in providers’ best interests to ensure a successful patient transition and recovery, which is where care coordination comes in.
On another note, there has been a continued shift in referral patterns to home health. Patients are increasingly opting to recover in the home instead of a hospital or rehab facility, which requires care coordination.
Additionally, there are continued challenges around staffing. Healthcare likely will see greater adoption of technologies that make it easier for providers to do their jobs – and coordinate care.
Dr. Lissy Hu, CEO and founder of CarePort, powered by WellSky, knows all about care coordination. Healthcare IT News interviewed her to get a better view of these issues and how care coordination can play a role.