OHA Welcomes New Funding Models for Post-Acute Care

TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2015 /CNW/ - The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) applauds the Ontario government for moving forward with six integrated funding projects to provide more cohesive care for patients with short-term, post-acute needs.

"The OHA and its members look forward to continuing to work together with government and healthcare partners on the development of new and innovative models of care," said Anthony Dale, President and CEO of the OHA.

The six integrated funding model pilot projects have been designed to promote high-quality, patient-centered care by incenting healthcare providers to deliver more coordinated and seamless care across the system. In each case, funding follows the patient throughout the system – and each provider has shared accountability for health outcomes. The benefits to patients include a more collaborative and coordinated team approach, regardless of physical location, reducing the likelihood of returning to the Emergency Department or being re-admitted to hospital post-discharge. 

In recent years, hospital leaders have been working collaboratively to improve access, and enhance integration and quality of care. During this time, integrated funding models, such as bundled payments, have emerged as an effective service delivery approach for the provision of post-acute care by enhancing patient navigation and ensuring that patients receive care in the most appropriate and cost-effective setting.

"While early success has been significant for some care partners so far, government support and reinforcement will help accelerate the development and advancement of potential new models to come," Dale said.

Ontario Hospital Association
The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is the voice of Ontario's public hospitals. Founded in 1924, the OHA uses advocacy, education and partnerships to build a strong, innovative and sustainable health care system for all Ontarians.

SOURCE Ontario Hospital Association

For further information: Samantha Grant, Public Affairs Specialist, 416-205-1376, sgrant@oha.com


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