Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Postacute Care Decision Making

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The response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States has resulted in rapid modifications in the delivery of health care. Key among them has been surge preparation to increase both acute care hospital availability and staffing while using state and federal waivers to provide appropriate and efficient delivery of care. As a large health system in New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, we were faced with these challenges early on, including the need to rapidly transition patients from acute care beds to provide bed capacity for the acute care hospitals. Rehabilitation medicine has always played an essential role in the continuum of care, establishing functional goals while identifying patients for postacute care planning. During this crisis, this expertise and the overwhelming need to adapt and facilitate patient transitions resulted in a collaborative process to efficiently assess patients for postacute care needs. We worked closely with our skilled nursing facility, home care partners, and an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital to adapt their admissions processes to the patient population with COVID-19, all the while grappling with varying access to vital supplies, testing, and manpower. As the patient criteria were established, rapid pathways were created to postacute care, and we were able to create much needed bed capacity in our acute care hospitals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-330
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Home care services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • Subacute care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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