A joint venture between UC San Diego Health System and Dallas-based AccentCare, Inc. will create a jointly owned home health agency serving patients in San Diego, Calif. and its surrounding communities, the organizations announced Tuesday.
The new agency aims to provide a comprehensive continuum of care after patients have been discharged from the hospital in efforts to facilitate efficient communication, safety and quicker recovery.
With a staff of 17,000, AccentCare’s services range from personal, non-medical care to skilled nursing, rehabilitation, hospice and care management.
Under the agreement, UC San Diego Health System will be responsible for the clinical oversight of post-acute services provided by the new joint agency. AccentCare will provide day-to-day operational management, including patient intake, staffing, home health services such as physical therapy, medical social work and skilled nursing.
The formation of the new agency aligns with the shared strategic visions between the companies to develop new approaches to manage and deliver high-quality care across the health care continuum.
“UC San Diego Health System 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 of UC San Diego Health System, in a written statement. “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.”
As a result of the joint venture, the new agency will enhance UC’s ability to more efficiently manage inpatient capacity and flow, as well as provide patients with post-acute services that link their UC San Diego Health System physicians for optimal clinical oversight.
The partnership with AccentCare will also positions the health system to better serve diverse populations of patients with chronic diseases while responding to changing reimbursement methodologies.
For AccentCare, the joint venture will further extend its reach in California, and is similar to partnerships the company has formed, or is pursuing, within its 10 states of operation. Currently the company’s reach exceeds more than 110 locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.
“This is a valuable partnership for AccentCare and UC San Diego Health System that directly benefits patients,” said Steve Rodgers, CEO of AccentCare, in a prepared statement. “The agency will extend UC San Diego Health System’s services and expand AccentCare’s community reach with the overall goal of achieving comprehensive care and exceptional health outcomes.”
Written by Jason Oliva