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LTPAC information technology conference melds care quality & business impact

May 13, 2013
by John F. Derr, RPh
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I thought I would use this month’s blog to update you on the 9th Annual LTPAC HIT Summit that will be held on June 16-18, 2013 at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Hyatt Hotel. This year’s summit will be one of the most important as LTPAC providers are being recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as necessary partners in the successful implementation of the HITECH Act. I also believe that the LTPAC providers along with the LTPAC IT companies recognize that a more robust facility and agency EMR and transitions of care software are important to the patients under our care.

This year’s Summit puts the total new healthcare system in perspective and the role of LTPAC. I thought I would go through a number of the major presentations and encourage you to go to the LTPAC HIT Collaborative website and register to attend. The formal meeting is on Monday and Tuesday but there is a tentative plan to hold a half-day session on Sunday to discuss HIT Standards.

Keynote Speaker– Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, Director, Office of Standard and Interoperability and the Acting Chief Scientist in the ONC. Prior to ONC he was on the teaching staff in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University and had a clinical practice at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. Dr. Fridsma is also coordinates the Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework Workgroups. The LTPAC Longitudinal Coordination of Care  (LCC) is one of the S&I Framework initiatives and is made up of members of the LTPAC community. The key to the LCC is that it is one of the few workgroups that are looking at longitudinal care.

Monday June 17 Agenda includes the following major topics:

Care Coordination and Payment Models - Successful transformation of the acute, post-acute, and long-term care delivery and payment systems requires new and improved models care coordination and integration. This session will describe some of the models being tested by CMS and the critical factors needed for care coordination including risk sharing, governance, and the use of health IT to support information exchange and critical analytics.  The session will include information from the perspective of LTPAC providers regarding their involvement and experiences in these new models. The session will discuss the LTPAC industry’s readiness, and benefits and risks for participating in these emerging models.

E-Decision-Making - Clinical Decision Support, Apps, and Analytics - This session highlights the current state of technology, identifies what is currently being done to include CDS including what is being advanced with CMMI Innovation Grant (e.g. Interact, Interact 2, On-Time QMs, etc.), discusses the gaps in comparing LTPAC to EPs/EHs, and what is coming in the future.

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John Derr, RPh, currently serves as Health Information Technology Strategy consultant to Golden...