STEPS to Value Podcast

Episode #21: The Value of “People” vs. “Patients”: Understanding Long-Term, Post-Acute Care (LTPAC)


Roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day.  They will keep doing so for another 13 years.  Chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure & cholesterol are more common amongst the baby boomer generation than the generation before it.  As the health care industry continues to respond to an aging population with more long-term health care needs, how does it ensure that it best supports patients as they transition between ambulatory, acute, and long-term, post-acute care settings?  What does patient engagement look like for like for patients that might not have the agency to participate in their care, such as the 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease?  As more and more people receive care in the home, at skilled nursing, rehab and assisted living facilities, how do health care providers ensure that they are working as a team to care for the person, not just the patient?

Please note: This is the first episode of season 2.

This Episode’s Guest:

Chuck Czarnik
Vice President, Strategic Planning
Brookdale Senior Living
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This Episode’s News Items:


HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable Webinar Series:  Profiling Health IT Adoption and Maturity in LTPAC Settings / Technologies Supporting Care Coordination among Healthcare Settings

In this LTPAC Roundtable meeting, researchers from the University of Missouri discuss various issues to be considered in the development of national EHR maturation model for nursing home providers and advances in post-acute health information technologies.  Download handouts from this webinar.  Learn more about getting involved with the HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable.


Post-Acute IT 'Getting Interesting' as Attention Turns to EHRs, Analytics, Interoperability

John Andrews, Healthcare IT News, May 12th, 2016

After years of dwelling in the shadows of healthcare, the long-term and post-acute care industry may finally be ready to join its hospital colleagues in the IT spotlight.  The path is long and steep, but operators of skilled nursing, outpatient rehabilitation, assisted living, memory care, hospice and home care agencies are embracing their important new roles as providers in the dynamic post-acute care environment.  Keep reading