Resources and Links

Blueprint for Healthcare Reform
In order to play a positive role in advancing the discussion surrounding post-acute reform, Kindred appreciated the recent opportunity to submit our Roadmap for Post-Acute Reform to the leadership of the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committees. We believed that we could provide constructive input and feedback as Kindred has learned valuable lessons in our efforts to transform our own service delivery model to provide integrated, patient-centered care across the post-acute continuum to support new payment models based on value, not volume.
Read our full Blueprint for Post-Acute Care Reform

Kindred Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Diaz Testifies Before U.S. Senate Finance Committee
On May 23, 2012, Paul J. Diaz, Kindred’s Chief Executive Officer, testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Mr. Diaz was invited to testify at a hearing titled “Progress in Health Care Delivery: Innovations from the Field.” At the hearing, Mr. Diaz spoke about the need for collaboration, teamwork and alignment of interests in order to transform the nation’s healthcare delivery system to be more patient-centered, outcome-driven and cost effective, and the critical role post-acute care plays in such a system. Click here to view Mr. Diaz's written testimony.

The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
Care Context: Trends in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care is a quarterly report examining issues such as the types of patients nursing homes care for, the kind of care they receive and the importance of stable Medicare funding.
http://www.aqnhc.org/research

American Hospital Association Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation

The purpose of AHA's Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation is to promote and enhance the understanding of the health and related continuing care needs of persons of all ages, and of the issues pertinent to health care provider organizations. The section seeks to improve continuity of care between acute, pre- and post-acute, and long-term services, and to support efforts to improve delivery of health-related services to chronically ill, elderly, and disabled persons requiring continuing care in institutions, the community, and the home. http://www.aha.org/about/membership/constituency/ltcr/index.shtml

American Hospital Association Information About LTAC Hospitals

The AHA provides information about LTAC hospitals on this page http://www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/postacute/ltach/index.shtml

Report Examines Value Of Post-acute Care
The American Hospital Association developed a report that discusses the value of post-acute care in the healthcare continuum and explores how post-acute care providers can serve as important partners – both for acute-care hospitals and for one another – in improving quality and reducing costs over an episode of care. According to the report, partnerships across settings not only benefit patients transitioning to a post-acute site, but can also benefit general acute-care hospitals referring to and receiving referrals from post-acute care. As a provider of post-acute care services, Kindred Healthcare is well positioned to work with other healthcare services providers. As highlighted on page 5 of the report, Kindred is pursuing relationships with certain acute-care hospitals, physician specialty groups and other partners in a variety of locations. To read the full report, go to http://www.aha.org/research/reports/tw/10nov-tw-postacute.pdf

AHA Policy Research
American Hospital Association research reports examine key issues to inform the policy making process. These include the TrendWatch series, a periodic AHA publication that reports on the latest trends affecting hospitals and the health care system (now conducted in collaboration with Avalere Health* www.avalerehealth.net), as well as other AHA sponsored studies. http://www.aha.org/research/reports/tw/10nov-tw-postacute.pdf