September #HomeHealthChat: The Future of Home Health

On Tuesday, August 26th, the Alliance hosted its monthly #homehealthchat on Twitter.

The topic of the chat was the future of home health, with co-host Axxess (@Axxess). Axxess is a technology company providing integrated software for home health agencies to efficiently run their businesses, serving clients nationwide.

The Alliance hosts a home health-focused Twitter chat on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2 pm ET. Be sure to check here for updates on topics, co-hosts, and questions!

If you have topic ideas for future Twitter chats, or are interested in co-hosting a chat, please contact the Alliance’s Special Assistant to the Executive Director Jennifer Schiller here.

Below are some of the highlights from the chat:

Next Week: Alliance Sponsored IOM Workshop

On September 30th and October 1st, 2014 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) will hold a workshop on the future of home health care. Sponsored in part by the Alliance, the workshop will bring together experts from academia, think tanks, government, accrediting bodies, healthcare delivery systems, national associations and other thought leaders in the healthcare community, to shed light on the trends affecting Medicare home health care today and the changes needed in home health care to optimally serve patients and the U.S. health care system in the future. The complete agenda is available through the IOM here.

The workshop will explore the role of home health in achieving the Triple Aim – to improve the patient’s experience of care, improve population health and reduce per capita costs – by examining new models of care that make use of home health care, and workforce, technology, policy, research and infrastructure needs. Following the workshop, the IOM will release a summary detailing the proceedings and the key themes and issues identified in the workshop.

While the seats are filled for in-person participation in the event, registration is available for the live webcast here. You can also follow along with the discussion on Twitter using the #FutureofHH.

In addition to the Alliance, sponsoring organizations for the workshop include: the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, the American Nurses Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, Axxess, the Community Health Accreditation Program, Home-Instead, the National Alliance for Caregiving, and UnityPoint at Home.

The Alliance’s sponsorship of this workshop is just one part of the Alliance’s Future of Home Health (FOHH) Project, which kicked off earlier this year with the release of a white paper and a corresponding Capitol Hill Briefing. The materials from this briefing can be found on the Alliance’s website here.

The FOHH Project’s next public event will be a day-long Symposium that the Alliance will host on January 13, 2015 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. The event will focus on convening prominent stakeholders in the health care community and leaders in home health care to discuss the key delivery system reforms and emerging models of care that are harbingers of the future of home health care. Further details on this event will be available soon at this website.

Finally, the Project will conclude with a research-based strategic plan on the future of home health care in the United States. Scheduled for completion in 2015, the goal is development of a research-based framework for the future of home health care.

If you’re interested in becoming involved with the FOHH Project or would like to share your thoughts and insights, you may email or join the conversation online. The Alliance would like to thank every Alliance member, as well as our project sponsors for their support of the FOHH Project: Axxess, the Community Health Accreditation Program, UnityPoint at Home, and The Corridor Group.