About the LTPAC Health IT Collaborative
In 2005, a group of stakeholder associations, government agency staff, and thought leaders formed the Long Term and Post Acute Care (LTPAC) Health Information Technology (HIT) Collaborative to recognize their common interests and vision for health information technology. The collaborative was formed to advance HIT issues through coordinated efforts, host an annual Summit and publish a Road Map to advance strategic priorities and inform provider organizations, policy-makers, vendors, payers, and other stakeholders.
The LTPAC vision encompasses a broad range of providers: home and community-based services; nursing homes; assisted living; long-term acute care hospitals; rehabilitation and post-acute care facilities; PACE programs; hospice; chronic disease and co-morbidity management; medication therapy management and senior pharmacists; wellness providers; and others.
Providers in the LTPAC sector concentrate on coordination of supportive services and care, restoring and maintaining health, wellness and functional abilities, and a particular, almost programmatic, focus on the particular needs and goals of each of its consumers and their families. This focus demands an application of health IT towards shared care, transitions of care, and person-centered longitudinal health and wellness records to ensure a person receives affordable, quality and coordinated care when they need it, where they need it.
In 2004 a Presidential Order was issued to establish person-centric integrated electronic health records (EHR). A year later, the Collaborative was formed to fill a void as national policy focused primarily on physicians and hospitals. The Collaborative began advocating on behalf of LTPAC to ensure advancements in health IT were in line with the national vision and that all Americans (including those served by LTPAC providers) had access to electronic medical records and the means to share information through a national health information exchange by 2014.
The Collaborative publishes a Roadmap every two years to provide strategic priorities and guidance to provider organizations, policymakers, vendors, payers, and other stakeholders.
Each year the Collaborative hosts a summit in Baltimore, MD to advance the Roadmap, engage thought leaders, and provided a coordinated education opportunity for stakeholders. The Summit helps the Collaborative advance key priorities and initiatives, provide input to policy and regulatory agencies on LTPAC HIT, and promoted HIT/EHR adoption and interoperability.
The LTPAC Health IT Collaborative advocates on behalf of the sector and works to influence policy and initiatives through comment letters, responses, analyses, and public speaking.