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Latest News from the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation
May 2015

Dear Members and Friends:
 
We hope you’ll be able to join us in New Orleans on June 1, 2015 as the Alliance hosts the first of a series of regional symposia as part of the “Future of Home Health Care Project.” Building off themes from both the IOM/NRC Future of Home Health Care Workshop, and the January Future of Home Health symposium, the half-day event will focus on home health's role in new models of care delivery and ways to prepare for the future of home health care. The symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, the day before the Southwest/Gulf Coast Regional Home Care Conference. A cocktail reception will follow immediately for attendees to network and discuss the innovative ideas presented. Register now here!
 
TODAY the Alliance is hosting a briefing on Capitol Hill with Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) on the themes from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) “The Future of Home Health Care: Workshop Summary,” and post-acute care bundling entitled, “Achieving Patient-Centered Coordinated Care: Bundling and the Future of Home and Community Based Care” from 2 - 3 pm ET at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2218, in Washington, DC. You can join the webcast here!
 
You can follow these events and more on the Future of Home Health Project using #FutureofHH on Twitter, or by going to the project page on the Alliance’s website.
 
Next week, Clif Gaus, CEO of the National Association of ACOs, will join the Alliance for a Learning Collaborative webinar on learning and forecasting current and future trends, as well as understanding the role home health care may play in ACOs, is critical to achieving a lower cost, higher quality future of care delivery. More information on the webinar is available on the Alliance’s website here.
 
With a number of events on the horizon, we’re looking forward to continuing on in the pursuit of a brighter future for health care delivery, especially in the home. If you’re interested in getting involved with the Alliance as a member, or have ideas on ways to collaborate, please reach out to me at tlee@ahhqi.org or (202) 239-3671, or to the Alliance’s Director of Communications Jen Schiller at jschiller@ahhqi.org or (202) 239-3206.

Very Truly Yours,

Teresa L. Lee, J.D., M.P.H.
Executive Director

 
  • Join us in New Orleans on June 1st for the Future of Home Health Southern Regional Symposium at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans! "Preparing for the Future: Building on the IOM Future of Home Health Care Workshop" will be a half-day long event featuring speakers from across the care spectrum on the future of care delivery in the home, with a focus on home health's role in new models of care delivery and ways to prepare for the future of home health care. Registration is available here, and an agenda is available here.
  • The Workshop Summary from last fall’s IOM/NRC “The Future of Home Health Care: A Workshop” is now available to download as a prepublication copy. The Workshop Summary contains a comprehensive write-up of the opinions expressed by speakers at the Fall 2014 workshop. Key themes raised in the summary include: need for better care transitions, increased and appropriate use of technology, new payment arrangements, a focus on bringing together community resources, workforce improvements, and more. The Summary can be downloaded on the IOM website here.
  • Additionally, “The Future of Home Health Care: A Workshop” materials are also available online through the IOM. Video from each speaker, as well as most PowerPoint presentations, can now be accessed here.
  • Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced plans to add Five Star Ratings for Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS). Beginning with the January 2016 reporting period, CMS will begin assigning star ratings to each of the three publicly reported composite measures and to one global measure of care. Slides from the Open Door Forum are available here, while notes and frequently asked questions are also available through CMS. 
  • Today, the Alliance will co-host “Achieving Patient-Centered Coordinated Care: Bundling and the Future of Home and Community Based Care,” a briefing with Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) in Washington, DC. Focusing on the IOM/NRC Future of a Home Health Workshop Summary and post-acute care bundles, the event will feature Re. McKinley and Doug Holtz-Eakin on bundled payments, while Tracy Lustig, Program Director at the IOM, will review the themes of the workshop. You can follow along on the free webcast here. The briefing will take place from 2 – 3 pm ET in Washington, DC, Rayburn House Office Building Room.
  • On May 27th, the Alliance will host a Learning Collaborative webinar with the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS). Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are growing models of care in which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a vested interest. With three types of Medicare ACOs--bringing together providers from across the spectrum of care--learning and forecasting current and future trends, as well as understanding the role home health care may play in ACOs, is critical to achieving a lower cost, higher quality future of care delivery. The Alliance will be joined by Clif Gaus, CEO of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), to discuss the future of ACOs and how home health fits into that future. More information can be found here.
  • The complete Faces of Home Health series is now available on the Alliance’s website! Looking at the diversity in home health patient populations, the profiles look at innovative ways home health works with frail elderly, culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse, and pediatric populations. Each profile features interviews, data, and a patient story to demonstrate the value of home health care to numerous unique patient populations. The profiles can be found here.
  • The Alliance (@AHHQI) will host the May edition of the #HomeHealthChat on Twitter, Tuesday, May 26th at 2 pm ET with co-host the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (@PQHH). The May chat will follow up on the May 19th Capitol Hill briefing focused on new models of payment and care delivery in home health and post-acute care. Questions for the chat are posted on the Alliance’s website. If you do not have a Twitter account, you may follow along here. If you are interested in co-hosting an upcoming Twitter chat with the Alliance, please contact the Alliance’s Special Assistant Jennifer Schiller at jschiller@ahhqi.org or (202) 239-3206.
On Tuesday, April 28th, the Alliance hosted the #homehealthchat on Twitter.
 
The April #homehealthchat was co-hosted by Care at Hand (@CareAtHand). The #HomeHealthChat focused on the topic of leveraging mobile technology and home care to reduce readmissions.
 
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