The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will compel hospitals to promote population health in the communities they serve. Practicing prevention and keeping the general population served healthy will be a necessity as new payment models are adopted by third-party payers and pressure increases to control per capita costs. In addition, specific mandates tied to reimbursement include reducing patient re-admissions within 30 days of discharge.
PPACA also affects health-care sector employers: incentives exist within the new law for wellness programs that can keep an institution’s workforce healthier and more productive while reducing costs.
Fresh Advantage can help with these challenges by strategically expanding your organization’s capacity for public health practice through well-coordinated community and employee benefit practices.
Fresh Advantage understands how to integrate nutrition, meal planning, and methods for assuring a patient’s access to food into hospital discharge planning. The FA team also helps your staff coordinate with caregivers and community health care resources to maximize patients’ wellness and reduce the chance of relapse necessitating readmission.