MIRAMAR, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Univita Health, along with its joint venture partner, SCL Health, was featured in a HealthLeaders webinar on forging partnerships across the care continuum. Dr. Rick Lopes, SCL Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer, presented on how the joint venture is integrating the acute and post-acute delivery model to ensure patients receive high-quality, comprehensive and well-coordinated care from the time of admission through the home-recovery process.
“All major health care constituents are seeking opportunities to reduce cost and improve quality across the post-acute care continuum - a market that is estimated at over $60 billion,” said Lopes. “Comprehensive post-acute care management that includes longitudinal care management and coordination across settings of care will assume an increasingly important role in countering cost trends by mitigating readmissions, reducing acute care length of stay and bridging care delivery groups.”
The increasing demand of the joint venture’s services is due to its focus on integrating critical components of the acute and post-acute delivery model, aligning SCL Health’s acute care programs with Univita’s home-based care management to deliver a high-value continuum of care from hospital to home. In order to address the 80 percent of post-acute spend on home health and skilled nursing, the joint venture partnership recently acquired All Care Home Health, which serves as the home health care provider for the integrated care delivery model.
In order to support the increasing demand of the joint venture’s comprehensive approach to post-acute care management, the partnership has launched a website that illustrates the benefits of integrating care delivery for patients, caregivers, payers and providers.
About Univita Health
Univita is the nationwide leader in home healthcare solutions. For more than 25 years, Univita has worked collaboratively with health plans, health systems and at-risk physician groups to improve quality and reduce hospital readmissions, all while focused on the health and wellbeing of patients in their home. Our innovative home care model delivers the most clinically sound, cost-effective care for high-risk individuals including Medicare, Medicaid and Dual Eligible members. This model includes a comprehensive home care program, in-home and telephonic assessments, complex care management, support for transitions of care and coordination of care across the post-acute care continuum. To learn more, visit www.univitahealth.com.
About SCL Health
SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization that operates eight hospitals, four safety net clinics, one children’s mental health center and more than 190 ambulatory service centers in three states — Colorado, Kansas and Montana. Our $2.5 billion health network is dedicated to improving the health of the communities and individuals it serves, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. In 2012, SCL Health provided more than $250 million in community benefit, including services for the poor, health screenings, educational programs, community donations and research. SCL Health was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, who opened their first hospital in 1864. To learn more, visit www.sclhealthsystem.org.