Genesis HealthCare and Kindred Form Strategic Clinical Collaboration to Improve Quality, Outcomes and Care Transitions across the Post-Acute Continuum
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“I am excited to embark on this new groundbreaking clinical relationship
with Kindred,” noted
“Through this collaborative relationship, Kindred and Genesis will build upon our abilities to deliver quality, share best practices and improve care transitions in local markets across all post-acute settings in order to meet patients where and when they need care,” said Benjamin A. Breier, Kindred’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our future will be driven by collaborative efforts to deliver coordinated post-acute care with other providers, enabled by technology and data-driven care management capabilities. We believe that working with Genesis is an important step in driving effective patient-centered care solutions and proactively addressing the changing healthcare marketplace.”
Genesis and Kindred will collaborate in order to develop and implement healthcare initiatives across the healthcare continuum with the specific goals to improve quality care, patient safety, efficiency and availability of healthcare services in the community. The collaboration will utilize the clinical expertise of both entities to align patient care across the continuum, but it does not limit each company’s relationships with other providers. A high priority will be placed on timely, efficient and safe care transitions for patients across post-acute care settings. The new relationship will include comprehensive data tracking and analysis on discharges, readmissions, length of stay, and other key quality and episode of care statistical information in order to develop evidence-based clinical protocols, quality standards and benchmarks to benefit patients.
Genesis and Kindred also plan to work together to:
- Promote physician collaboration and integration to improve patient outcomes and the patient experience across the continuum of care;
- Support the development of post-acute care networks based on assessments of different patient populations and services in order to better meet evolving patient needs in the community;
- Identify ways to improve care and outcomes for specific patient populations, including sharing data, developing shared protocols and establishing best practices to care for these patients, in compliance with all applicable laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act;
- Identify ways to better understand population health and track patients’ episodes of care post-discharge, through improved information technology capabilities or otherwise; and
- Develop processes, guidelines and tools for post-acute care discharge planning and care transitions for patients and their families.
Both Genesis and Kindred also offer unique non-core businesses that improve outcomes and further patient care which the other does not offer. For example, Genesis wholly owns CareerStaff Unlimited, a staffing firm, and Vitality to You, which provides in-home services through its Outpatient Therapy agencies, while Kindred offers AfterCare for post-discharge telephonic follow-up for LTAC hospitals and hundreds of home health and hospice operations. Both companies will look to leverage the others’ capabilities as needed.
(1) Revenues based upon Kindred consolidated revenues for the twelve
Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
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