New Agency Aims to Improve Patient Outcomes and Experience
AccentCare, Inc. and UC San Diego Health have created a jointly owned home health services agency to serve UC San Diego Health patients in San Diego, California and surrounding communities. The new agency is designed to provide a comprehensive continuum of care after patients have been discharged from the hospital to facilitate efficient communication, improved safety, and faster healing.
Under the agreement, UC San Diego Health will be responsible for clinical oversight of post-acute services provided by the new joint agency, while AccentCare will provide day-to-day operational management, including patient intake, staffing and home health services such as physical therapy, medical social work and skilled nursing. The formation of the new post-acute care agency aligns with the shared strategic vision of AccentCare and UC San Diego Health to develop innovative approaches to manage and deliver high-quality care across the healthcare continuum. The partnership will further extend AccentCare’s reach in California, and is similar to partnerships that AccentCare has formed, or is pursuing, within its ten states of operation.
“This is a valuable partnership for AccentCare and UC San Diego Health that directly benefits patients,” said Steve Rodgers, CEO, AccentCare. “The agency will extend UC San Diego Health’s services and expand AccentCare’s community reach with the overall goal of achieving comprehensive care and exceptional health outcomes.”
“UC San Diego Health is committed to improving patient care, clinical quality and overall patient experience, even after a patient leaves one of our hospitals,” said Paul Viviano, CEO, UC San Diego Health. “In collaboration with AccentCare, protocols and processes will be established that focus on early interventions to prevent falls, infections and medication errors in the home.”
The new agency will enhance UC San Diego Health’s ability to more efficiently manage inpatient capacity and flow and provide patients with post-acute services that link to their UC San Diego Health physicians for optimal clinical oversight. The partnership with AccentCare will also position UC San Diego Health to better serve diverse populations of patients with chronic diseases while responding to changing reimbursement methodologies.
AccentCare, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is one of the nation’s leaders in post-acute healthcare services. Its 17,000 dedicated professionals provide comprehensive services that range from personal, non-medical care to skilled nursing, rehabilitation, hospice and care management. AccentCare, Inc. has more than 135 locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. The AccentCare family of companies includes AccentCare, AccentCare Health Management, AccentCare of New York, Alliance for Health, Guardian Home Care, Texas Home Health and Senior Select Home Health Services.
About UC San Diego Health
UC San Diego Health, the region’s only academic health system, has been ranked #1 in San Diego for four consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Leapfrog Group has twice named UC San Diego Health to its annual list of Top Hospitals, a distinction given to select hospitals nationwide for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is an elite distinction given to less than seven percent of all eligible hospitals. UC San Diego Health has also repeatedly received A safety scores from the independent organization.