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HIMSS Value Score and Long Term / Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) at HIMSS16

February 8, 2016 by Like Christmas and birthdays, the HIMSS conference is upon us once again bearing great gifts for those eagerly awaiting its annual arrival. While a complete preview of this year’s conference would be impossible to accomplish in the limited space we have here, I did want to provide a peak “under the wrapper” to two HIMSS efforts I am excited in seeing at conference.


Like Christmas and birthdays, the HIMSS conference is upon us once again bearing great gifts for those eagerly awaiting its annual arrival. While a complete preview of this year’s conference would be impossible to accomplish in the limited space we have here, I did want to provide a peak “under the wrapper” to two HIMSS efforts I am excited in seeing at conference.

The HIMSS Value Score. With all the billions of dollars spent on health information technology (HIT) over the last few years, it’s understandable that a growing chorus of voices have risen asking what value these investments have yielded. The HIMSS Value Score presents as a groundbreaking approach to addressing these concerns in a quantifiable manner. That’s why the HIMSS Value Score tops my HIMSS floor to-do list.

The Value Score is a natural extension of the HIMSS Value Suite (a database cataloguing the HIT implementation experiences and benefits of healthcare organizations throughout the world). Beginning with the assumption that organizations should measure what they manage, the Value Score uses the STEPSTM framework to quantify the impact HIT has had on healthcare organizations in universal areas (e.g. data capture and sharing). HIMSS staff will be at the HIMSS Analytics booth (booth #1054) offering free “proxy” assessments of a healthcare organization’s Value Score. I am really excited to see the dialogue these assessments produce.

Long Term / Post-Acute Care (LTPAC). Having cut my teeth in the healthcare industry via the Nursing Home industry, I am all too aware of the diminished feeling LTPAC providers/vendors have when it comes to healthcare conferences like HIMSS. And given all the Meaningful Use (MU) dollars thrown at hospitals and physician practices, it’s understandable why those in the LTPAC market have been on the outside looking in. But to quote Bob Dylan, “times they are a changin’”. MU recipients need to find a way to play with other provider types (e.g. LTPAC) in their sandbox. This changing attitude is playing out at HIMSS16 with an array of LTPAC focused activities.

Below are a few of the LTPAC related educational activities I recommend attendees consider checking out:

HIEs and Non-Eligible Providers: Leveraging LTPACs and Behavioral Health

Monday, February 29, 2016 — 09:30AM - 10:30AM PT

Long-term and post- acute care providers and behavioral health providers play a critical role in care coordination as well as payment and delivery reforms. Yet these providers were not included in the Meaningful Use incentive program and are evolving along a parallel but not necessarily interoperable HIT path. Integration of these providers is occurring through efforts such as the IMPACT Act that requires standardized and interoperable data, and specific programs by HIEs.

Critical Conversations in Transitions of Care – Part 1/Part 2

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 — 10:00AM - 11:00AM PT

While the Meaningful Use (MU) program has had the intended effect of advancing the EHR and interoperability capabilities of acute care and ambulatory care providers, the program has arguably widened an already existing chasm between the data exchange capabilities of MU "eligible" provider organizations and long term / post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. Yet with pressures coming from things such as data exchange mandates and readmission penalties, the need for these divergent provider types to share data with one another is greater than ever. In these back-to-back sessions, facilitators will focus on the dialogues acute care and LTPAC providers should be initiating with one another as they manage the flow of patients/residents and their data from; - hospital to LTPAC setting (Part 1), and - LTPAC setting to hospital (Part 2). Complemented by the examples and insights gleamed from select case studies, these facilitated sessions are designed to encourage acute and LTPAC attendees to initiate conversations with each other.

The Adoption and Impact of HIT in U.S. Nursing Homes

Friday, March 4, 2016 — 10:30AM - 11:30AM PT

Very little is known about the extent to which nursing homes have adopted the EHR or the impact these technologies are having on resident care/outcomes. This session presents the first year findings of a multi-year study surrounding the IT sophistication in NHs and impact on resident quality, as well as a review of HIMSS Analytics’ efforts surrounding the development of a Nursing Home – EMR Adoption Model (NH-EMRAM).

In addition to the education sessions, LTPAC will be highlighted in a number of other areas to include the Hx360 Innovation Pavilion (LTPAC is one of the challenges innovators were asked to address), as well as a repositioned role LTPAC has in the Interoperability Showcase (the nursing home is not just a place where people go to die). And let’s not forget the networking that goes on at conference. Our friends from CDW Healthcare are sponsoring an LTPAC Reception Wednesday evening, March 2, 2016 (6:00 – 7:30 PM PT). LTPAC at this year’s conference is a must.

Okay kids, just a few more sleeps now until you get to open presents!

About the Contributor

Lorren Pettit is Vice President of Research for HIMSS North America.

Posted Under: Clinical Informatics