is one of the core functions of case managers across the care continuum. Today, there are new delivery models that are being put into place that will depend on effective care coordination for their success. Emerging models like the patient-centered medical home, accountable care organizations and community health centers will depend on a healthcare team that understands the concepts of care coordination and can work together as a team to ensure the process runs smoothly.
Implementation of technology into the process will help providers, payers and organizations communicate effectively, allow for the collection of data to identify gaps in care and help professionals understand how they are doing so that process improvement activities can be monitored and adjusted as needed.
Professionals across the continuum are scrambling to learn about the changes taking place that will impact the delivery of care and the reimbursement rules so processes, systems and policies are in place to position them to take advantage of incentives and not the severe penalties that are part of the changes. Organizations that are prepared will do well, but those who have not done their homework to become prepared will be left behind.
To assist care coordination professionals in understanding policy issues, implementation issues and the rationale and goals behind the changes, Dorland Health has built a program with experts at the point of care who are leaders in their organizations to share knowledge, a new vision and practical information that will clarify the maze of changes coming your way. The 4th Care Coordination Summit; New Delivery Models Transforming Healthcare
will take place on September 14, 2012, in Washington, D.C., at the historic National Press Club. We have had a great response to the conference and are expecting a full house for the Summit. For those who cannot attend, we are videotaping the program and will have it available in our e-learning portal
a few weeks after the Summit. If you would like to purchase the video, click here
Healthcare is truly at a tipping point and poised to be an important part of both presidential conventions that will take place over the next two weeks. In addition to the presidential election, you have the opportunity to cast votes for who will represent you in the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate. As professionals at the point of care who understand the healthcare system, make sure you stay on top of the issues and watch how each candidate plans to handle the issues if elected. This is a critical time for our country, and each vote counts. There have been changes to many states voting requirements so make sure you and your family are registered to vote on November 6, 2012, as each vote is critical.
Have a good week.