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Expert shares tips on pulling LTPAC data into a population health program

Healthcare IT News – January 16, 2017
Written by Tom Sullivan, Editor in Chief, Healthcare IT News

Four components of a data-driven strategy for managing long-term and post-acute care organizations — and the steps requisite to making it happen.

Many long-term and post-acute care providers have become aware of the vastness of their data during the last five years, according to Steven Littlehale, chief clinical officer at PointRight.

Perhaps because they were not eligible for federal EHR incentives through the meaningful use program, Littlehale said that most have been slower to adopt IT, and thus their accomplishments so far are still mainly about organizing and understanding their data, rather than running analytics against it to determine business and clinical strategies.

“LTPAC providers are using evidence-based care protocols but few have integrated real-time, resident-specific information into their care,” Littlehale said.

Whereas LTPAC facilities tend to lag behind their acute care peers when it comes to digital infrastructure and capabilities, Littlehale said, “they are well ahead of the curve in terms of standardized assessment and use of National Quality Forum endorsed outcome measures.”

He pointed to skilled nursing facilities having used Minimum Data Set for more than 20 years, as one example that enables LTPAC facilities to create data-driven care and transition documents that other SNFs and Home Health Agencies can exchange, and they can share measures with payers and other partners.

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