PEAK Leadership Summit and CAST Commission Meet Next Week

Messages from Majd | March 17, 2017

CAST featured March 19-22 in Washington, DC, with three CAST summit sessions, BaseCamp forums and kiosks, and a start-up zone.  

CAST is kicking off spring with two valuable meetings, the PEAK Leadership Summit and a CAST Commission Meeting, and an update to its Shared Care Planning and Coordination Matrix and Online Selection Tool. 

We also are reviewing states’ adoption of telemedicine, which is on an overall upward trend, recommendations that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services review its efforts to promote electronic health records (EHRs), and the latest findings on the value of sensor technology, wearable technology, and voice-command technology. Plus, we share news from LeadingAge and CAST partners and members.
News from CAST
I hope you’ll join us for two valuable CAST meetings March 19-22, 2017, in Washington, DC: The PEAK Leadership Summit and the spring CAST Commission Meeting.

The PEAK Leadership Summit will feature a Lobby Day and three CAST sessions:

  • Shared Care Planning and Coordination Technologies: Provider Case Studies.
  • Technology Forum.
  • Data Analytics for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers. 

BaseCamp and Brain2Brain forums, which involve kiosks where attendees can discuss predetermined strategic questions with hosts and learn how their answers track with those of other conference attendees, will include a technology zone. CAST will have a kiosk there, as well as a start-up zone sponsored by CAST.
The spring CAST Commission Meeting will take place on Sunday, March 19, 2017, from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CAST Commissioners can engage in discussions about the following:

  • LeadingAge’s Public Policy Priorities under the new administration from LeadingAge’s CEO, Katie Smith Sloan. 
  • The importance of Medicaid and technology innovations under this program, from Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Medicaid and CHIP Services.
  • Policy changes and their implications for long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) and services under Medicare, Medicaid, and in the private marketplace with CAST Chair, Mark McClellan, MD, and Robert J. Margolis, Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, and Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University.
  • The implications of LeadingAge CAST’s technology policy priorities.

CAST has updated its Shared Care Planning and Coordination Matrix and Online Selection Tool, adding one new vendor.

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News from LeadingAge and CAST Partners and Members

LeadingAge CAST members have received press on several recent efforts. 

  • LeadingAge Member and CAST Patron Jewish Home Family is partnering with fellow CAST Supporter iN2L and CAST Associate Functional Pathways on innovative touchscreen technology and a Virtual Rehab Program, respectively. Jewish Home Family also included robotic pets in its first-ever dog show, acknowledging the bonds that residents form with robotic pets.
  • LeadingAge Silver Partner with CAST Focus MatrixCare has named Stephen Pacicco its new senior vice president of corporate development.
  • CAST Business Associate RCare has announced a special nurse station, called BCube, designed specifically for smaller communities.
  • The New Hampshire Business Review recently published an article by Adrian Wells, a senior network engineer with CAST Business Associate Systems Engineering, entitled "Windows 10: Should my business upgrade?" 
  •  CAST Business Associate Yardi will offer the Yardi Senior Living Forum March 29-30, 2017, at its offices in Santa Barbara, CA. Yardi recently was recently named to Insights Success magazine's list of 10 Fastest Growing Cloud Solution Provider Companies.

Policy News
New state-specific research from the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) found an overall rise in states’ adoption of telemedicine. Some states, however, have gaps in telemedicine coverage and reimbursement, and in physician practice standards and licensure. In addition, Texas has introduced a bill to permit telemedicine.
A recent report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to better promote electronic health records (EHRs) and electronic information exchange in post-acute settings by evaluating the effectiveness of its promotions and developing a comprehensive plan.
Technology News
Many of you work with sensor technology or are following its rise. Are you familiar with the wide range of sensor technology currently being used in senior living facilities? Last month, I shared my thoughts with the Los Angeles Times for an article on sensor technology that enables older adults to age in place. “Aging under a high-tech eye” outlined sensors that track footsteps and identify markers for health conditions, motion sensors, medication trackers and virtual sitters, webcams, and video conferencing systems.
Today’s wearable technology has high potential not only to monitor an older adult’s activity trends but also to predict adverse health events, especially cardiovascular events, says new research shared by Moulay Elalamy, vice president of information technology for CAST Business Associate Benchmark Senior Living, and J. Patrick Bewley, CEO of Big Cloud Analytics.
Have you considered all the ways that technology can help your bottom line? Some senior living facilities are investing in voice-command technology not only to give residents better service and support their health and safety, but also to generate revenue.  
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