NAHC Cohosting a Health IT Briefing for Members of Congress and their Staffs
February 22, 2015 12:22 PM
On February 25, 2015, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) will be cohosting a congressional briefing entitled, “Adopting Information Technologies for Post-Acute and Long Term Care: Achieving Care Continuity.” Senators Thune (R-SD) and Klobuchar (D-MN) are serving as the bipartisan cohosts, and helped to secure the Russell Senate Office Building room where the briefing will be held.
A Dear Colleague letter that Senators Thune and Klobuchar circulated to publicize the briefing among their peers, stated that:
“Care continuity is of critical importance given the need to improve health delivery efficiency and quality. In today’s fast changing health care environment, long term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers need to develop close relationships with key strategic partners including hospitals, health plans, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Health IT platforms that have the capacity to communicate and share data between payers and providers will be essential.
LTPAC providers lag behind HITECH-eligible providers, such as hospitals and physician practices. In an environment where many providers are operating on narrow margins and absent any incentive funding, LTPAC providers need to find the resources necessary to implement these modern electronic information systems.
Hear from federal agency leaders and industry experts on how health IT will support these new care delivery models, drive value-based payment, and support quality outcomes. This expert panel will discuss the latest in health IT potential and issues in support of the rapidly evolving payment mechanisms.
The panel will address how some providers are using health IT to engage with ACOs and health plans, are participating in bundled payment arrangements, and preparing to transition toward value-based purchasing mechanisms.”
NAHC’s Vice President for Technology Policy and Government Affairs, Richard Brennan, will be one of the speakers and will offer insight into the challenges and opportunities for home care and hospice providers in adopting health IT to improve continuity of care.