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Identify a chronic illness and recommend what specific changes to an organization’s acute care model would benefit this patient.
Acute care is crucial in treating specific episodes of a medical event but does not prove effective in combating chronic diseases. Hypertension, diabetes, and back pain are prevalent chronic conditions that we discussed in our group. mentioned that adding a routine screening process for common chronic conditions, such as hypertension, would be an excellent way to identify illness that typically do not get routine preventative care. stated that when treating chronic conditions, hospitals should only be reimbursed for the procedure or acute treatment with a minimal stay. Patients who require rehab or treatment post-procedure should be transferred to an outpatient facility specializing in post-acute care. Post-acute care settings like skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies can help patients with chronic conditions by reducing re-admissions and decreasing acute care length of stay. Acquiring these patients earlier will be greatly beneficial in reducing costs. Additionally, patient education that focuses on lifestyle changes and self-management are important for long term survival. Improved communication and care coordination between the physicians and other providers within the acute care settings can greatly impact patient outcomes.
Since provider reimbursement is predominantly structured to reward acute services, what changes or mandates would need to be in place to help fund the necessary changes to the health system in this country?
Acute care services although necessary to provide life-saving care, can be very expensive. Public health awareness and educational initiatives are important measures to help facilitate the changes required to manage diseases. stated that one option is tracking each patient’s access to…...

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