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Care coordination and quality top the list of key priorities that the long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) sector should pursue over the next 2 years, according to a new report by the LTPAC Health Information Technology (HIT) Collaborative.
The priorities are identified in A Roadmap for Health IT in Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) 2012-2014.
The Collaborative releases a roadmap document every 2 years to provide guidance to provider organizations, policy makers, vendors, payers and other HIT stakeholders.
In addition to setting priorities for the next 2 years, this year’s document also catalogs the HIT-related progress that the LTPAC sector has made over the past 24 months. CAST is a member of the Collaborative and participated in drafting the roadmap document.
This year’s roadmap identifies 5 technology-related priority areas and makes recommendations for action by the LTPAC sector.
In addition to setting priorities for 2012-2014, the Collaborative also took stock of the LTPAC sector’s successes during the past 2 years.
The roadmap urges the LTPAC sector to be more proactive in leveraging its unique person-centered competencies and mission in order to play an important role in the nation’s health and wellness.
“The sector can no longer remain reactive, simply following government reimbursement and compliance regulations,” says the report. “Rather, the sector will need to experiment with business and service models and with partnerships that allow it to thrive as traditional health care revenues are disrupted.”