So far, 2013 has been an exciting year for long-term/post-acute care health information technology (LTPAC HIT), and I’d like to update you on the many federal and state HIT activities that will influence how you care for your residents. Like many issues in healthcare, these activities are works in progress.
I have been a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on HIT Standards and Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) since it was formed in 2009. I am also on three appointed workgroups: Implementation of Meaningful Use, Clinical Quality, and a new 2013 workgroup—Patient engagement. With the work of the S&I Framework Longitudinal Care Committee, we are making major advances in getting LTPAC involved in Meaningful Use Stage 3. We are building our case for including LTPAC on a volunteer basis in Stage 3 for a number of completed projects as well as one Federal Register Request for comments due April 22. In aggregate, the reports below on these projects will provide you with an up-to-date status of LTPAC with ONC: