Home Care Summit to Highlight Industry As a Key Solution in Post-Reform Era

Oct 22, 2010, 06:05 ET from Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural Optimizing Home Health in Care Transitions Summit will provide the first opportunity for executives from across the health care industry to examine how home health can strengthen its critical role in optimizing patients' outcomes as they transition through care settings.  The Summit will also explore home health as a source of tremendous cost savings at a time when health care budgets are stretched thin.

With the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing as its backdrop, the Summit will gather together top executives from across the industry, including home health providers, health insurance providers, top members of academia, associations and think tanks to develop recommendations across several topic areas to ensure patients receive the best care possible in the post-reform era.

As the new health care reform laws recognize, home health and community-based care are a critical component in controlling health care costs, while ensuring best outcomes for patients.  "The Summit represents a proactive attempt by the industry to rise to this challenge and ensure that Home Health Care is a significant part of the solution as we enter a new era of how care will be delivered in the United States," stated Ron Malone, Chairman of the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, "Considering the patient-centric care model utilized across the industry, including individualized goals and patient coaching, home health is an ideal coordinator as patients transition through the continuum of care."  

As most patients and their families, given the opportunity, would prefer to be in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes, the growing sophistication of home-based care and home-based technologies combined with a highly-skilled workforce (clinicians, therapists, nurses and aides) working in collaboration with physicians, provides increasing opportunities for patients of all ages to be treated at home.

The Summit is sponsored by The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing along with the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation and the Joint Commission.

To coordinate coverage, please contact David Bass at (202) 423-1988 or via email at dbass@raptorstrategies.com.  Please visit http://www.transcaresummit.com to view the full agenda and list of speakers.

SOURCE Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation