A collaboration between University of New Mexico Health System (UNM) and Genesis HealthCare aims to help improve patient care, improve outcomes, and reduce hospital readmissions in the state.

Dave Almquist, Genesis executive vice president and president of the company’s West Division, notes in a media release from Genesis HealthCare that the collaboration reflects a shift nationwide to value-based care focused on better health care outcomes and efficiencies.

“This collaboration will better coordinate patient access to post-acute treatment and ultimately improve patient outcomes through increased clinical coordination and physician oversight as patients transition to our centers,” Almquist adds.

“We are confident that by collaborating with UNM specialists, we will further improve patient outcomes and prevent unnecessary re-hospitalizations,” he says.

Genesis HealthCare operates 19 skilled nursing centers throughout the state of New Mexico.

Through the partnership, patients in the UNM Health System will have access to beds at Genesis locations 24/7, and Genesis will provide a customized and streamlined admissions process for UNM, per the release.

“With this partnership, we will be able to build new clinical programs and improve access to care,” according to Michael Richards, MD, executive physician-in-chief of the UNM Health System.

[Source(s): Genesis HealthCare, PR Newswire]