A recent HealthLeaders Q&A article featuring Kindred COO Jason Zachariah highlights how intensive post-acute services for COVID-19 patients improve care quality while reducing rehospitalizations and costs, and specifically how they provide a unique value to this patient population.

“Over the last months of surges, we are seeing that patients who have survived COVID-19 have an immense need for inpatient rehabilitation,” stated Zachariah. “Inpatient rehab hospitals and LTAC hospitals are designed to address health issues resulting from COVID-19. They have multiple physician specialties focused on ventilator and respiratory recovery, intense rehab services several hours a day, and heightened infection control practices.”

Zachariah further shared the unique benefits health systems can gain through partnership with acute inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and LTACHs, all while reducing rehospitalization and costs:

“Progressive health systems recognize that inpatient rehabilitation hospitals extend the continuum of care by addressing the gap between acute and ambulatory service lines,” said Zachariah. “Our hospitals allow patients who still need moderate-to-intensive medical and clinical services to remain in an inpatient setting, where they will receive compassionate care over a longer period of time to help bridge them back to the community.”

He also explained why rehab hospitals/units are succeeding in helping COVID-19 patients recover safely and quickly, while other post-acute settings may be having significant challenges:

“Our hospitals are well prepared to respond to a respiratory pandemic with physicians and staff who are trained to treat high-acuity patients with infections. Also, we have a strong incident command structure in place and were well ahead of COVID-19 before it hit our shores. Other post-acute settings were not fully prepared due to PPE shortages and necessary safety restrictions that limited their ability to offer rehabilitation to multiple patients in one setting.”

The industry shift caused by COVID-19 has made finding a qualified partner all the more important. Acute inpatient rehabilitation hospitals have not only utilized existing resources and programs to combat the effects of COVID-19, but have added and adjusted care methods to best treat the growing vulnerable patient population.

Read the full HealthLeaders article to learn more about the benefits acute inpatient rehabilitation hospitals provide to patients recovering from COVID-19.

By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation