Telehealth Technology is a Hot Topic at the HCAF Conference

The Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) will host its 23rd annual conference July 22nd – 26th in Orlando, FL.  We will be exhibiting at the conference in addition to attending the course sessions. One course session I found interesting is the “Attracting ACOs: Utilizing Telehealth Technology to Increase Your Business” track that will be presented by Brett A. Quas.

Can ACOs improve patient care, reduce healthcare costs and increase your referrals for your homecare or hospice business? Recently, CMS announced 27 new ACOs that will participate in Medicare’s Shared Savings Program. The selected organizations represent 18 states, cover 375,000 patient lives, and include a network of 10,000 physicians. With the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding the healthcare law and more than 150 applications from ACOs seeking to participate, the program is certain to grow. This growth will not only bring opportunity, but confusion as well. Turning vague buzz phrases like “Patient-Centric,” “Medical-Home,” and “Health Data Management” into measureable metrics will be what separates your organization from the 11,000 other Medicare certified home care agencies competing in this new channel.

Those who have been in remote patient monitoring over the past decade know that when the technology is implemented and used properly, it can help alleviate numerous healthcare challenges. To understand how this technology combined with the right service offerings can attract the ACO segment, we need to examine:

  • What exactly is an ACO?
  • What challenges, penalties, and incentives do they face?
  • How can remote patient technology help?
  • How do you best position your agency?

We are posed these same questions when asked how we describe connected care. As healthcare reform evolves and is implemented, technology to connect patient data for better patient outcomes is first and foremost. NDoc connected care technology platform combines the Cache (from Intersystems) design as the foundation to connect, manage, encrypt and communicate data in and out. These connectivity tools in NDoc are what we call connected care.

Visit us in Booth #72 at the HCAF Annual Conference so we can take this technology journey together.