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Review: How will we care for coronavirus patients after they leave the hospital?

Review: How will we care for coronavirus patients after they leave the hospital?

A piece published in Health Affairs blog entitled “How Will We Care For Coronavirus Patients After They Leave The Hospital? By Building Postacute Care Surge Capacity” notes the need to build capacity for postacute care for COVID-19 survivors by expanding the ability and access to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and home health agencies (HHAs). 

The authors estimate that at least 700,000 survivors of COVID-19–related hospitalization “will require inpatient short-stay rehabilitative care and that 10 million more may require other outpatient rehabilitative services.”  Current capacity is lacking. To meet this demand, SNF beds, staff, and supplies need to be increased in order to accommodate this surge.  The authors suggest increasing the capacity by doing the following: “expand home-based postacute care offerings; train a new workforce to care for patients who are recovering from COVID-19; and designate specialized SNFs or alternative care settings specifically for patients who have suffered from COVID-19.”

|2020-04-14T09:35:00-04:00April 13th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: How will we care for coronavirus patients after they leave the hospital?

About the Author: Seema Mohapatra

Seema Mohapatra
Seema Mohapatra is an Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, She teaches Introduction to Health Care Law and Policy, Genetics and the Law, Torts, and Bioethics and the Law. Seema Mohapatra is an expert in the areas of health care law, public health law, bioethics, torts, and international health and family law. Her research interests include the intersection of biosciences and the law, assisted reproduction and surrogacy, international family and health law, health care disparities in the United States, and informed consent. Her work has been published in several journals, including the Wake Forest Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Policy. Professor Mohapatra currently teaches Torts, Introduction to Health Care Law, Bioethics, and Genetics and the Law. She has authored articles and book chapters on topics such as insurance coverage of infertility and assisted reproduction, genetics and health privacy, international surrogacy laws, and equity in healthcare coverage. Professor Mohapatra regularly presents her research nationally and internationally at legal and medical conferences and symposia. Prior to teaching, Professor Mohapatra practiced health law in Chicago at Sidley & Austin and Foley & Lardner. She earned a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law and has a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University. She earned a bachelor of arts in Natural Sciences (with a minor in Women's Studies) from Johns Hopkins University.

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