COVID-19 | Health Care Access & Coverage | Improving Care for Older Adults

Caring for Patients After Hospital Discharge during a Pandemic

Conversation with Nina O’Connor, MD, Ashley Ritter, PhD, CRNP, Joshua Uy, MD, and Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET April 24, 2020 Virtual Event

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One of the challenges in the current pandemic is how, and where, to properly care for COVID-19 patients once they leave the hospital. Many patients recovering from COVID-19 will need ongoing care to recover from hospitalization, but current models of post-acute in nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, and home health agencies are ill-suited to care for them. How can we minimize the risk posed of transmission from post-acute patients to vulnerable long-term residents of these facilities? How can we support families in caring for these patients at home, given the inadequacy of the home health care workforce and the continuing mandate to distance socially? A panel of experts explored solutions to the post-acute care crisis posed by COVID-19.


Nina O’Connor, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Penn Medicine at Home; Chief of Palliative Care, Penn Medicine; Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Ashley Ritter, PhD, CRNP

Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn Nursing

Joshua Uy, MD

Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

Rachel M. Werner

Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD

Executive Director, Penn LDI; Robert D. Eilers Professor, Medicine and Health Care Management, Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School

David Grande

David Grande, MD, MPA (moderator)

Director of Policy, Penn LDI; Associate Professor, Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

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Related Reading:

In the Time of COVID-19, We Should Move High-Intensity Postacute Care Home
Rachel Werner in Health Affairs blog

What the Pandemic Teaches Us About Nursing Home Care
Ashley Ritter in Policy$ense blog