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  • APTA, Other Organizations Focus on Future of Home Health Care at IOM/NRC Workshop

    The future of home health care—and the role of physical therapy in that future—was the subject of a recent Institute on Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC) workshop sponsored by APTA and 8 other professional, home health, and advocacy groups.

    The workshop, held September 30 through October 1, brought together leaders in health care, academia, and the federal government to talk about the present and future of home health care, with particular emphasis on how data can inform and improve outcomes. Other sponsoring partners included the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, Home Instead Senior Care, the National Alliance for Caregiving, the Community Health Accreditation Program, Unity Point at Home, and Axxess.

    Cindy Krafft, PT, COS-C, president of APTA's Home Health Section, participated in the workshop and along with staff stressed how patient function will play a key role in evaluating outcomes. Other areas of discussion from APTA included the value of physical therapists (PTs) in a collaborative care team, and the ways PTs can contribute to transitions throughout the care continuum.

    The workshop touched on issues that affect the entire home health system, including how best to encourage innovation, the role of social support in home health care, how to bring down silos in postacute care settings, opportunities to promote individualized care through customized technologies, and the creation of a standard definition that combines skilled, unskilled, and caregiver services.

    The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation will hold a workshop follow-up symposium on January 13 in Washington, DC. IOM provided a live webcast of the workshop and will post a recording of the event in the coming weeks.

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