Non-Acute Care Track                  
Of all areas of growth in the healthcare arena over the last few decades, non-acute care has seen one of the largest increases, both in the scope of care offered and in the number of facilities.  Once only a small portion of the healthcare industry, this segment has grown to include ambulatory and outpatient clinics, dialysis centers, rehabilitation facilities, home health, schools, prisons, physicians' offices, long-term care facilities, and assisted living environments.  This track explored the most recent trends in non-acute care and what the foreseeable future holds.  Topics covered included the nuances of equipment planning for non-acute spaces, new technology that has increased the number and types of procedures that can be done in a non-acute setting, and the challenges in the design, operation and regulation of such facilities.  These sessions examined some of the lessons learned and best practices to facilitate decision-making in the future.
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm                       Non-Acute Care Track:  Regulatory Pitfalls in Post-Acute Care Design, Construction and Operation 
                                                            Moderator:  Steven Perry, Associate Administrator, Supply Chain Management, CAMC Health System
                                                            Presenter:  Adam Gill, Associate, Duane Morris, LLP
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Post-acute care may be the fastest growing segment of the healthcare industry.  In the post-acute care industry, patients are increasingly demanding a more resort-like or home-like atmosphere.  These demands impact the design, construction and operation of facilities.  Additionally, post-acute care facilities must meet the same requirements as conventional long term care facilities.  Owners may also want to future-proof their facilities by incorporating flexible design to provide services yet to be developed.
This session will address federal and state regulations applicable to post-acute care facilities; how patient demands impact facility design; regulatory, economic, and design considerations when constructing a new facility or modifying an existing facility; and the impact of design, patient demands and recent regulatory changes on facility operation.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Outline federal and state regulations applicable to post-acute care facilities.
  2. Analyze patient demands that affect facility design in post-acute facilities.
  3. Define specific opportunities to incorporate flexibility into design plans.
  4. Identify the impact of design, patient demands and recent regulatory changes on facility operation.
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm                      Non-Acute Care Track:  PANEL:  Trends Shaping the Future of Non-Acute Care                     
                                                           Moderator:  Jeremy Adams,  Vice President - Healthcare Portfolio Solutions, JLL
                                                           Panelists:  Charles Black, Chief Executive Officer, Real Estate Strategies, Inc.
                                                                                Albie Shaffer, Vice President, Facilities Management, Post Acute Medical
Listen to an audio recording of the session here.
More and more health systems are choosing to expand their investment in non-acute care avenues of service.  The impact of shifting policy changes, an aging population, and new technology are just a few of the factors driving the rapid increase in non-acute care facilities.  While there will always be a need for acute care, new technology is making it possible to provide more types of procedures than ever before in non-acute facilities, including joint replacements and other surgical procedures that were once confined to the Hospital OR.   In addition, the exponential growth of elderly patients who need rehabilitation, physical therapy, dialysis, etc. has resulted in more facilities offering such care outside the traditional hospital setting. 
In this session, three experts will describe the trends they are seeing in non-acute care today.  They will address the current needs facing systems and the different strategies to address those needs.   They will also share best practices for preparing for the future of non-acute care – an arena in which consumers traditionally have more choice and the competition is often fierce. 
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe the key drivers influencing the increase in non-acute care patient care options.
  2. Identify the trends directly affecting providers in the non-acute care space.
  3. Define the best methods to position your organization as a leader in non-acute care offerings.
  4. Differentiate between which procedures are or are not best suited for non-acute care facilities.
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm                      Non-Acute Care Track:  PANEL:  Equipment Planning for Non-Acute Care Facilities
                                                           Moderator:  Jerry McKinney, Senior Vice President Material Management/Chief Purchasing Officer, Quorum Health
                                                           Panelists:  Wade Byerly, Principal, MERC
                                                                                Rodney Cadwell, Associate Principal, Vizient, Inc.
                                                                                Terri Wallace, Project Manager, Construction Services, Adventist Health System
Listen to an audio recording of the session here.
The number of non-acute care facilities such as outpatient clinics, treatment facilities, surgery centers, and rehabilitation facilities is on the rise.  These types of construction projects are inherently different than typical hospital projects.  Specific considerations must be taken into account when purchasing equipment for these smaller, more specialized projects versus those required in hospital settings.   There are often different regulatory considerations for these types of projects as well.
In this session, presenters will share the challenges they are currently facing in capital equipment procurement for facilities such as outpatient surgery centers, stand-alone ambulatory care centers, and senior living complexes.  Discussion will include the unique logistics that must be considered in the planning, procurement, installation and execution of capital equipment in the non-acute care facility.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the inherent differences between construction of acute and non-acute care facilities.
  2. Outline the unique challenges of capital equipment purchases for non-acute care facilities.
  3. Identify the keys to successful equipment planning in the non-acute care space.
  4. Define how to set priorities for equipment planning through all phases of planning from conception to installation.