February 9, 2015
The Inpatient Continuum of Care
• Since the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in
2010, there has been a great amount of efforts by healthcare providers to manage what is often referred to as the "continuum of care" for patients. Physicians and health systems are participating in a number of different structures and agreements that aim to achieve the same things, to manage care for patients in all care settings at all different points of life (Dunn, 2013).
• When a patient is in need of extensive medical care that requires hospitalization and observation by a physician.
• Typically a patient will be admitted under a doctors order to a hospital or medical facility.
• Patients who are admitted for inpatient care will usually stay in the acute hospital setting for a minimum of one night
Types of Inpatient Care
• Medical inpatient facilities such as an acute care hospital or medical center • Rehabilitation Centers
• Psychiatric Hospitals
• Addiction Treatment Centers
• Nursing Homes
Medical Acute Care Hospital
• Emergency Medical Care
• Intensive/Critical Care
• Medical Surgical Care
• Cardiac Services
• Cancer Care
Who are the Stakeholders in
• Any persons or group that have a vested interest in a clinical decision and the evidence that supports that decision.
• Caregivers/Family members
• Advocacy groups
What are the Roles and Interests of the Stakeholders?
• Ensures highest quality of care possible
• Oversees financial and cost effectiveness of the organization
• Responsible for day to day operations of facility
• Advocate and implement positive changes and enhance operations
• Proactive in the care of themselves or the care of their loved ones by being involved in every aspect of their plan of care
Levels of Inpatient