At Kindred, our approach to meet these trends is to partner with health systems, managed-care organizations, and acute-care hospitals so we may provide high-quality, integrated care in settings across the entire post-acute continuum. Active and ongoing communication between acute and post-acute providers ensures a better understanding of patient needs, better care transitions and discharge to the most appropriate, lowest cost, post-acute setting.
Kindred has worked toward developing the capacity to provide quality post-acute care and rehabilitation services across the entire post-acute continuum. We now proudly serve patients and residents in 46 states through our long-term acute-care hospitals, inpatient rehab facilities, acute rehabilitation units, skilled-nursing/rehabilitation centers, home care and hospice. Through collaboration with our internal and external network of physicians, caregivers, therapists and others, we are better able to transition patients seamlessly across care settings and begin to manage their entire episode of care.
Our value to the system is ultimately measured by the results we achieve. Like many of our peers, we are caring for more and sicker patients, yet our “Continue the Care” coordination model is delivering improved care outcomes. As we reported in our 2010 Quality and Social Responsibility Report, our long-term acute-care hospitals and skilled nursing/rehabilitation centers continue to outperform national benchmarks on key quality indicators. In our nursing and rehabilitation centers, from 2008 to 2010 we achieved an 11% increase in patients discharged home, a nearly 6% reduction in re-hospitalizations within 30 days of admission, and a 19% decrease in the average length of stay.