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This linkage with the university medical schools was developed in order to recruit high caliber faculty and residents to care for the veterans.
For example, one nurse could provide care for multiple residents in assisted living, greatly reducing the expenses of travel time to individual homes, wasted time due to missing supplies, and delays in charting.
The National Institutes care for patients referred from lower level hospitals.
Products and services, such as an information center, consultation services and integration management tools, are made available to health networks, helping them to move beyond the merger of assets and authority, to truly integrating governance, management, programs, information, financing and clinical care for chronic diseases and disabilities.
Unable to control the cost of care for their employees and beneficiaries, the purchasers of health care are increasingly turning to managed care companies for help.
One of the challenges for each of us in that partnership is to re-examine quality in a way that includes in its definition, care for populations and care for individuals.
Managed care organizations already receive substantial cost savings from the use of subacute care services without a three-day prior hospital stay and from the substitution of post-acute care for unnecessary hospital days.
It's an ethical issue -- Are we willing to spend money to provide this specialized care at the end of life understanding that, overall, the government won't spend more, but also knowing that care for some groups of patients might be more costly?
As the National Practice Leader in Subacute Care for Coopers & Lybrand, a major professional consulting firm, she skill sees reason for active interest by freestanding nursing homes in developing subacute.
To manage the health care for a population of 250,000 individuals, the system would require approximately 140 primary care physicians.
The survey - which polled men and women who care for an aging, parent, friend or relative at home or in an independent living facility - found that caregivers spend an average of 10 hours per week coordinating or actively providing care.
Furthermore, it has been documented that as many as 30% of the residents currently in nursing homes could be appropriately care for in an assisted living environment.