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ONC Targets Long-Term Care and Post-Acute Facilities to Improve Transitions Through Health Information Technology

Posted on 6/21/2013 by NTOCC ®

Recently, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (health IT) unveiled a new webpage that discusses how health IT can improve care transitions across long-term and post-acute care settings (LTPAC). ONC is strengthening its focus on LTPAC providers, with a specific emphasis on improving care coordination and care transitions for patients to reduce costly hospital readmissions. ONC recognizes the importance of care transitions for this medically complex population and states that health IT “provides an opportunity for health care providers to share health information in a timely and secure manner across care settings to support patient-centered care, particularly during transitions from one care setting to another.”

Although LTPAC facilities aren’t eligible for incentive payments under the HITECH Act, ONC outlines on its new webpage other federal initiatives to accelerate health IT adoption, including Beacon Community Programs in which grantees are developing secure, private, and accurate systems of electronic health record adoption and health information exchange, and Challenge Grants that are funding programs to improve long-term and post-acute care transitions.

Please click here to view the ONC LTPAC webpage.