Telehealth Resources Help LTPAC Providers Reduce Hospital Readmissions

| July 15, 2015

The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) has updated its telehealth selection portfolio with 6 new products added to the online selection tool and product matrix, in addition to a new interactive guide.

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July 16, 2015
Contact: Amanda Marr, amarr@leadingage.org, 202-508-1219

Washington -- The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) has updated its telehealth selection portfolio with 6 new products added to the online selection tool and product matrix, in addition to a new interactive guide. 

The portfolio updates include:

  • Updated Telehealth Whitepaper: A whitepaper that helps organizations understand the range of issues surrounding telehealth and outlines technology solutions available in the marketplace, as well as their uses and benefits. The whitepaper has been updated with information about a new reimbursement for care coordination management using telehealth technology. 

  • Interactive guide to help users navigate the comprehensive whitepaper.

  • Expanded Online Selection Tool and Product Selection Matrix: The tool and matrix compare 28 different products from 23 vendors across 220 different functionalities. The easy-to-use online selection tool helps providers identify the appropriate telehealth products that fit their care settings and offer their “must-have” features. 

Also, a new case study details how Rockford Memorial Hospital implemented biometric remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology. Prior to the implementation of the Heart and Vascular RPM program, the readmission rate for Rockford Memorial Hospital ranged between 25% and 28%. 

Following the launch of the program, overall readmission rates initially dropped to 17% after the program’s first year, and to 14% after the second year.

Telehealth, which includes remote patient monitoring, is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. 

The tools have potential benefits to a broad audience that extends beyond long-term care post-accute care (LTPAC) organizations to include physician practices, integrated health delivery networks, and accountable care organizations (ACO). Read more about the vendors participating in this year’s portfolio.

“Telehealth has recently been gaining broader acceptance among care providers, thanks to new CMS reimbursement codes, ACA initiatives like hospital readmission reduction program, and innovative payment models. It is also one of the fastest evolving health care technologies” said Majd Alwan, Ph.D., LeadingAge’s senior vice president for technology and executive director of CAST. “We strive to keep our tools up to date, and we are excited to add information about care coordination management reimbursement opportunity and six new products to our portfolio” he added.

For more information or to participate in future CAST portfolio development, please contact Scott Code, aging services technology manager, at scode@leadingage.org, 202-508-9466.