Serving as President
Last week I had the great privilege of being named President of the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (“NASL”). Having previously served as chair of NASL’s Information Technology Committee, I understand the impact NASL has on the healthcare industry.
In the last five years there have been significant changes in our industry from the Affordable Care Act– bundled payments, ACOs, and meaningful use, just to name a few. The healthcare industry is facing a dynamic time especially around the politics and policies being established. NASL works to have a collaborative dialogue with policy makers informing them about the LTPAC community and to focus on the important policy issues facing the industry. We only expect more change and evolution in healthcare policy in the coming years – regardless of how the election goes.
Where is LTPAC Technology Headed
Through its efforts, NASL has taken a lead role in being an advocate for long-term care technology. I can’t give away any secrets on this one, but I can state a few things I’m sure we’ll all agree on:
- Reimbursements will be fee-for-value. The technology that will enable providers to hold, administer and distribute those payments commensurate with value-add will be well adopted.
- The ability to exchange data from many different providers as well as present analysis that is pragmatic and actionable will be imperative.
- Truly interoperable Electronic health records will become standard practice across long-term care, and we are not far from this becoming a reality.
Importance of NASL
Long-term care is, at its core, about people. It’s about caring for our nation’s seniors. It’s about enabling others to care for them. Long-term care is an extremely rich and diverse community, and NASL gives a voice to several critical groups within that community – therapists, rehab providers, equipment suppliers, technology providers and more. These organizations are integral to providing great care to residents and improving clinical outcomes for them. In a fee-for-value world, that’s invaluable. That’s why NASL is critical.