Part of the Aging and Disability Business Institute Series
In the brave new world of integrated medical and social services, one of the biggest obstacles to creating successful partnerships remains the difficulty many community-based organizations (CBOs) face in financing, building, and maintaining an interoperable IT system that can capture, analyze, and exchange relevant service and outcome data. Responding to this challenge is vital, as future work with health care providers and payers will require the seamless exchange of information across organizations.
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is a federal law that was enacted in 2009 and encourages the adoption of and meaningful use of Health Information Technology (HealthIT). In 2016, CMS issued guidance that expands the reach of HITECH dollars to help eligible Medicaid providers connect with non-medical Medicaid long term service and support providers. On this webinar, hear from speakers from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) on the state of CBO-health care technology collaboration, the opportunity presented by HI-TECH for CBOs, and the way forward for bringing the promise of sophisticated CBO data systems to bear on the aging and disability networks’ mission of improving the lives of older adults and people with disabilities.
Participants of this webinar will be able to:
- Describe why building a robust technology infrastructure can be an asset for CBOs looking to partner with health care entities.
- Understand the opportunity that the HI-TECH Act presents for CBOs.
- Identify best-practices that CBOs could utilize when building and utilizing Health IT.
- Identify HealthIT challenges that AAAs often experience when trying to communicate and partner with health care entities.
Thomas Novak is the Medicaid Interoperability lead in the ONC, where he supports the advancement of Medicaid interoperability in the drafting and review of federal regulations. He also provides direct support to state Medicaid agencies and governments on Health Information Exchange funding and strategy, in his part-time capacity with the CMS–Medicaid Data and Systems Group. Novak led ONC and CMS efforts to update HITECH policy to more aggressively support Health Information Exchange efforts.
Scott Cory is the director of Information Resources Management and chief information officer at the ACL, where he manages information and technology initiatives, and leads the planning, development and execution of IT projects.
Meredith Eisenhart oversees the Information and Planning Grant Program at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), including the administration of AAA and Title VI program surveys, topical polls and training. She provides leadership on the Dementia Friendly America Initiative and is a team member of the Aging and Disability Business Institute.
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Independent Living Research Utilization/National Center for Aging and Disability
American Society on Aging
Partners in Care Foundation
Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley/Healthy Living Center of Excellence.
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