As the impact of skilled nursing facilities on hospital readmission rates is recognized by hospitals and health systems, the rate of post-acute facility acquisitions and affiliations grows. The percentage of acute care hospitals having common investor ties to the post-acute or hospice sectors increased from 24.6% in 2005 to 48.9% in 2015, according to Health Affairs.
"Naturally, common ownership can impact provider behavior," explains
In addition to preferred SNF networks, hospital-owned long-term care facilities are benefiting from greater access to technology that drive enhanced quality measures. Through investments in automation, these health system pharmacies can extend their reach without straining existing staff. In-facility packaging and dispensing automation enables this model by acting as a pharmacy on site, ensuring medication availability and improving the quality of care delivery.
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