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Abstract
Postacute care is a term used to describe a group of health care providers, caring for patients outside of traditional acute care. The populations served and measures of outcomes are similar, but the services provided may vary by type of setting and individual provider. Managing through the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been both a challenge and an opportunity to demonstrate the vital role of postacute providers in the health care continuum. National media outlets have highlighted emergency departments, critical care areas, and start-up COVID units in acute care hospitals treating critically ill patients battling COVID-19. Stories of nursing homes in crisis over the rapid spread of COVID-19 have saddened readers of newspapers and social media alike. Postacute providers have experienced the pandemic alongside the acute care hospitals in ways that have highlighted the flexibility of postacute care, challenged leaders to lead with intensity, and demonstrated their importance in the continuum of care. Through a series of interviews with postacute care leaders, this article explores the response to the pandemic from the perspective of providers in postacute care settings.
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