What level of integration makes for a successful post-acute care network? Antonio Rodriguez, M.D., medical director of the continuing care network for UNC Health Alliance in North Carolina, recently described a decision-making framework for healthcare systems that are taking their first steps in building post-acute care networks.
Rodriguez, a family medicine physician, was speaking at the spring NAACOS conference last week. First, he gave some background on his organization. UNC Health is tied to the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. It is the safety net hospital network for North Carolina, and has a presence in all 100 counties of the state and delivers care across 14 hospitals. UNC Health Alliance is the clinically integrated network arm of UNC Health, which brings together 6,400 providers, 25 percent of whom are primary care providers, roughly 30 percent of whom are independent providers.