NPA Joins LTPAC Health IT Collaborative
In 2005, a group of stakeholder associations, government agency staff, and thought leaders formed the Long Term and Post Acute Care (LTPAC) Health Information Technology (HIT) Collaborative to recognize their common interests and vision for health information technology. The collaborative was formed to advance HIT issues through coordinated efforts, host an annual Summit and publish a Road Map to advance strategic priorities and inform provider organizations, policy-makers, vendors, payers, and other stakeholders.
NPA recently upgraded its status of participation in the LTPAC from strategic partner to collaborating organization. This allows NPA to stay apprised of the most up-to-date policy and regulatory issues in the HIT field, including NPA's efforts to encouarge PACE Eligible Professionals to attest for Medicaid incentive payments.
The LTPAC vision encompasses a broad range of providers: home and community-based services, nursing homes, assisted living, long-term acute care hospitals, rehabilitation and post-acute care facilities, PACE programs, hospice, chronic disease and co-morbidity management, medication therapy management and senior pharmacists, wellness providers, and others.
Providers in the LTPAC sector concentrate on coordination of supportive services and care, restoring and maintaining health, wellness and functional abilities, and a particular, almost programmatic, focus on the particular needs and goals of each of its consumers and their families. This focus demands an application of health IT towards shared care, transitions of care, and person-centered longitudinal health and wellness records to ensure a person receives affordable, quality and coordinated care when they need it, where they need it.
The LTPAC Health IT Collaborative is hosting its 2013 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit in Baltimore, MD on June 17-18. The Summit will convene HIT leaders, policy makers, federal and state grantees, providers, vendors, professionals and standards development organizations to advance policies and initiatives in alignment with the national health care strategy.
PACE® Expansion is the Subject of ASA's Generations Magazine Article
The Spring issue of Generations magazine, which is published by the American Society on Aging, features an article on PACE entitled "PACE Provides a Sense of Belonging for Elders." The article describes the evolution and success of the PACE model and explores opportunities for policy changes to spur PACE growth. The article was written by Jennie Chin Hansen, former CEO at On Lok Lifeways in San Francisco, and Maureen Hewitt, CEO of InnovAge in Denver.