02H—Post-Acute Partnerships to Enhance Continuity of Care and Quality Patient Outcomes

Monday, March 28th

About the Session

Health systems are facing rising costs, longer inpatient stays, more rehospitalizations, higher inpatient mortality rates and lower patient satisfaction. This session will explore the strategic importance of an aligned post-acute strategy to provide better continuity of care for patients, as well as reduce the overall total cost of care. A partnership between a health system and post-acute organization can provide mutually beneficial home-based care options, narrowing provider networks and delivering a better patient experience.

Craig Cordola and Jim Deal will present a compelling example of health system and post-acute alignment. Craig Cordola, FACHE, is the executive vice president and COO of Ascension, the nation’s largest nonprofit and Catholic health system. Jim Deal is the CEO of Compassus, one of the largest post-acute healthcare providers in the country with 200 locations across 30 states. In 2019, Ascension invested in Compassus and selected the company as its preferred provider of hospice care. Then in 2020, Ascension and Compassus partnered further via joint venture with Ascension at Home. Together, they provide a spectrum of post-acute care services including home health, home infusion therapy, palliative care and hospice, actively collaborating to ensure patients have access to the right level of care, in the right setting, at the right time.

Mr. Cordola and Mr. Deal will discuss how this partnership came together, the priorities around which their partnership is focused, and the dramatic improvements in continuity of care and quality patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the structure and value of strategic partnerships between health systems and post-acute providers.
  • Discover how a well-designed post-acute partnership can help health systems succeed by streamlining continuity of care and delivering quality patient outcomes.


Presented By

Craig Cordola, FACHE

Executive Vice President/COO

James Deal