The Future of LTPAC-Hospital Collaboration – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/1 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Cory Fosco, Director of Business Development, Post-Acute Insights at PointClickCare (@PointClickCare) on the topic of “The Future of LTPAC-Hospital Collaboration”.

According to a report from Patient Bond, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released data showing that in the 2018, up to 2,573 hospitals faced penalties for readmissions. The report indicates that about $564 million in payments will be withheld in the 2018 fiscal year, which is even higher than the amount withheld in the 2017.

What does this mean? Why should we care? Since nearly 20% of Medicare Patients are rehospitalized within 30-days of discharge, minimizing post-discharge adverse events has become a priority. A greater number of readmissions means that we are not providing the best possible outcome for our patients, and our costs are also rising because of it. What we want to be focused on is optimal outcomes for our patients and keeping our costs down when possible. But what do we need in order to make this happen?

  • A Single Viewpoint: Collaboration and Partnership are critical – working in harmony with partners across the continuum ensures that we are all looking at the same information and collaborating on key metrics, performance, and access to the right insights at the right time.
  • Timely Information Flow: Poor information flow leads to fragmented/fractured care. Getting the right information to the right people at the right time is vitally important to any outcome.
  • Open Lines of Communication: Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) aren’t speaking the same language. They may be doing the same thing, but they are each calling it something different. Providers and SNFs must find a common means of communication to ensure data standardization.
  • Alignment for Better Care: A patient/caregiver assumes that information will travel from Point A to Point B during a care transition, but that doesn’t always happen – especially when facilities are utilizing different forms & systems. Creating the right alignment helps to provide better care.
  • Identify the Right Setting – Not the Most Convenient: It needs to be about more than open beds and location. All parties will benefit when there is the ability to select a patient’s next stop based on who within the network is best equipped to manage their specific needs.

Bottom line? Outcomes. To focus on outcomes is to focus on meaningful interoperability. Interoperability, as it was envisioned, should be built on transparency and connectivity, allowing a patient’s critical health information to be easily accessible, regardless of where treatment is being administered. This means implementing timely, actionable, and meaningful programs. Our goal is not simply to share data to check a box, we want to ensure that the future of care coordination between acute and post-acute care providers is empowered by interoperable solutions. This is how we change the future results, by changing our focus to what matters most – the outcomes of our patients.

Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we’ll have a lively discussion to further our understanding of this topic.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:
T1: What are some examples, hypothetical or real, that you’ve encountered as a result of fragmented data exchange with post-acute partners? #HITsm

T2: What does a typical transfer to a post-acute look like for healthcare organizations and their patients? Where do they lose visibility of them? #HITsm

T3: What efforts and initiatives have healthcare organizations undergone (or recently begun) to improve coordination with their post-acute partners? #HITsm

T4: What type of tools and solutions do healthcare organizations need to gain the visibility and insights needed to coordinate care with their post-acute partners? #HITsm

T5: Data exchange is crucial for better care and collaboration with post-acute partners. Nonetheless, care partners are still hesitant to share their data with one another. Why do you think that is? What can tech vendors do to make hospitals and health systems more willing and able to share data? #HITsm

Bonus: How much do you currently trust LTPAC with your data? Why? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule
2/8 – The Role of Social and Digital Media in Enabling Health IT Innovation
Hosted by (Michael Gaspar (@MichaelGaspar) and the #HIMSS19 Social Media Ambassadors

2/15 – No Chat due to the #HIMSS19 Conference

2/22 – HealthIT Hype
Hosted by Tom Castles (@theTomCastles) and Jack Murtha(@jackmurtha)

3/1 – TBD
Hosted by Brittany Partridge (@bspartridgecis)

3/8 – TBD
Hosted by @Intermountain

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.