What additional resources are needed to launch a subacute care program?

Share this content:

Special resources generally include physical plant features such as a distinct unit (highly recommended by the National Subacute Care Association [NSCA]) and more and better-trained staff, especially physicians and nurses. The exact degree of physician and licensed nurse involvement required is a matter of some debate, particularly since increasing the involvement of highly trained staff increases costs.

In addition, subacute care encompasses a set of techniques thought essential to achieving stated goals. These techniques include the use of interdisciplinary teams to plan and provide patient care and case managers, whose jobs involve both resource use monitoring and more traditional care-coordination activities.

Care techniques in the ideal also include the use of "care maps" and/or critical pathway protocols, program evaluation based on measure outcomes and an emphasis on continuous quality improvement.


Next Article in Industry FAQ

Sign up for newsletters

In Focus

April 25

Wellness goals

Monroe Township, NJ 

Residents at Monroe Village have been staying in shape by playing hockey during the NHL season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.