Post-Acute Care Preferred Provider Network Launches
November 5, 2018 | 2 min. to read
Northwestern Medicine has launched a new Post-Acute Care Preferred Provider Network to help support patients after hospital discharge. The new network includes 84 healthcare partners recommended by Northwestern Medicine including home health organizations, hospice providers, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term acute care hospitals. Northwestern Medicine’s home health and hospice agencies, and Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, are part of the network. Unaffiliated post-acute care providers were invited to apply for inclusion into the new network, and then selected following a thorough vetting process. Selected providers meet and maintain Northwestern Medicine standards for quality care, perform well on quality rating systems, and are committed to increasing care coordination for the patients we serve.
Northwestern Medicine physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers and other quality experts were involved in the selection process, and will continue to monitor the network’s performance based on its goals of improving care coordination, enhancing quality in the post-acute setting, innovating around care delivery models and being good stewards of our fiscal resources.
Starting September 1, Northwestern Medicine will educate patients about the network and its providers for their post-acute care needs, while respecting the patients’ right to choose whether to select a preferred provider. Northwestern Medicine social workers and case managers will offer each patient the full list of network providers and work with them to make the correct choice to fit their individual needs.