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North Carolina, Florida Home Health Providers Navigate RCD Changes

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is giving home health providers in North Carolina and Florida time to acclimate to the full implementation of Review Choice Demonstration (RCD). For providers in North Carolina and Florida, the rollout of RCD has meant keeping an eye out for key changes.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 22, 2022)—The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 22, 2022)—The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and a coalition of long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) and health information technology (HIT) groups have submitted comments to an important congressional task force exploring ways to accelerate innovation in the health care system.

In response to a Request for Information (RFI) from the U.S. House Republican “Healthy Futures” Task Force Subcommittee on Modernization, NAHC and colleagues focused on policies that can support LTPAC providers’ adoption of critical interoperable HIT)and standards. Despite widespread recognition that an interoperable health data environment that seamlessly connects all providers is a vital component of a modern and person-centered health system, major gaps exist in the LTPAC community’s ability to invest in, support and scale the kind of infrastructure that would make this kind of system a reality.

There are several reasons why the rate of adoption and use of interoperable HIT and electronic health record (EHR) systems among LTPAC providers lags far behind other sectors of the health care system. Perhaps most impactful however, is the fact that LTPAC, including home health and hospice agencies, did not receive any of the massive federal funding sums from 2009’s Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, a law that poured billions of dollars into the acute care space to bolster hospital and physician EHR adoption and data-sharing protocols. This funding imbalance has created an uneven playing field, despite LTPAC’s crucial value to patients and families, and an increasing need for provider data systems to “talk” to one another to deliver on the promise of a truly coordinated care experience. The need for interoperability across the care continuum has only accelerated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has highlighted how important timely data sharing is for clinical decision support, patient care, patient safety monitoring, and public health reporting.

A remembrance service has taken place to thank those in the care industry who worked through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event on Thursday at Abington Park, Northampton, was also intended to reflect on those who have died during the past two years.It was organised by Tracey Davidson, who worked throughout the pandemic in a care home after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018.She said she was “so proud” of everyone who had “pulled together”.