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Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation Convenes Symposium to Inform Framework for the Future of Home Health Care

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January 13, 2015
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Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation Convenes Symposium to Inform Framework for the Future of Home Health Care

Healthcare stakeholders, academics continue work on the Future of Home Health Project to improve understanding of the critical role home health has in meeting America’s future healthcare needs

The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the Alliance) today hosted a symposium titled “Tackling Critical Issues for the Future of Home and Community Based Care,” a key part of a year-long Future of Home Health Project, which aims to develop a strategic framework for the future of home health care in America.

Anchored by nationally recognized academics, health care policy experts, and researchers, the goals of the symposium are to further examine the current state of home health care and determine the future role of home health care for effectively caring for the nation’s rapidly aging senior population and address six major themes that include:

• A growing shift towards community-based care
• New models for achieving the Triple Aim in home health care
• Policy and payment reforms needed to propel these effective models
• Home health workforce considerations
• The role of technology
• Identifying appropriate quality outcomes measurements

The six major themes were derived from the insights collected at an Alliance-sponsored workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council (IOM/NRC) on aging, disability and independence in the fall of 2014. Panelists at the workshop focused heavily on ways to achieve the Triple Aim in home health care, which is defined as improving the patient’s care experience, improving population health and reducing per capita costs.

“The conversations taking place today are paving the way for more efficient, coordinated care leading to improved patient outcomes and significant cost savings to taxpayers,” said Dr. Steve Landers, President & CEO of VNA Health Group and Chairman of the Alliance. “Our hope is that the strategic framework from this project will provide a blueprint for how innovative health care delivery models can leverage home health care and the most effective ways to do so.”

Starting in 2014 with the release of a white paper at a Capitol Hill briefing, the overall goal of the project and resulting framework is to improve understanding of how home health care is currently used, and how it will be used in the future for older and disabled Americans.

“Ultimately, the Future of Home Health Project aims to improve health care for America’s seniors and those with disabilities by improving understanding of the appropriate role, relevance and framework for the use of home health care in the future, and identifying the key needs we must address to realize that future framework,” stated Teresa Lee, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Home health care is at the threshold of the future of care as more and more Americans live longer lives, managing multiple chronic conditions and functional limitations. The ideas and discussions taking place today underscore the great value home health care has to our overall health care delivery system and the great need to continue improving such necessary care for the future.”

The Symposium: Tackling Critical Issues for the Future of Home and Community Based Care took place on January 13. Later in 2015, the Alliance will release a strategic framework for the future of home health care.

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