Lack of Acute, Long-Term Care Continuity Harming Patients

Healthcare today desperately needs to improve the quality of care provided to patients. Success in raising the quality bar requires healthcare stakeholders understand the emerging changes in payment reform and care delivery, including how technology is being used to assist in care coordination and quality. Speakers at Tuesday’s Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit’s Town Hall session urged the audience to focus on using technology to support and improve continuity of care.

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2014 Long Term and Post Acute Care Health IT Summit Coverage

Review news and insights coming out of AHIMA’s Long Term and Post Acute Care Health IT Summit, held June 22-24 in Baltimore, MD.

For easy access to all web stories related to the summit, navigate from the list below. Watch this space for updates as coverage continues.

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‘Everyday’ Health Monitoring, Information Gathering Could Create Health Intelligence

Health information and intelligence are beginning to reach outside of the current health information technology infrastructure and into the everyday lives of people. This technology-enabled, person-centered care will be crucial as the population ages and the healthcare delivery system continues its transformation. The “big action” to enable this change will take place in the community—not healthcare institutions , said Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, a keynote presenter at the Long Term and Post Acute Care Health IT Summit, on Monday.

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ONC to Focus on Achieving Interoperable Information Exchange in US

A focus on “what we have in common” to achieve interoperable health information exchange in the US was the message David R. Hunt, MD, FACS, medical director, health IT adoption and patient safety, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), provided during an update on ONC’s efforts at the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit (LTPAC) in Baltimore, MD on Monday.

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Panel Discussion to Tackle LTPAC Health IT Adoption Barriers

Long-term and post acute care (LTPAC) providers are absolutely crucial in helping the healthcare system transition away from a fee-for-service business model to a pay-for-performance model. However, some LTPAC providers, particularly smaller, stand-alone and rural providers, lack the financial incentives and health IT infrastructure to help their acute care counterparts.

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Discussion of ICD-10 Will Open AHIMA’s LTPAC Health IT Summit

Long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers—unlike much of AHIMA’s membership—welcomed the delay of ICD-10-CM this spring, according to a presenter at AHIMA’s LTPAC Summit, coming up next week.

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