‘Technology is a major part of the future of home care’
WASHINGTON – As William Dombi gets to work as interim president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, a focus of his work will be bringing technology to the forefront of home health care.
“Technology is a major part of the future of home care,” he said. “We need to bring a higher awareness of the role technology plays in that care.”
Dombi has served as vice president for law at NAHC since 1987, as well as director of the organization’s Center for Health Care Law and the executive director of its Financial Managers Association. He stepped into his new role following the passing of NAHC’s long-time president Val Halamandaris in July. The organization has begun a search for a permanent president.
NAHC established the Home Care Technology Association of America in 2005 to advocate for the advancement of technology in home health care, but Dombi said his work moving forward will include assessing the entire organization’s mission and work to see how technology fits with the industry today. He said NAHC membership needs to get on the same page to help create change in regulatory and policy matters regarding home health care technology.
“There has been an emergence of technology providers in the industry and we need to look at how we include them under the umbrella of home health care,” he said. “We have to get the people who hold the purse strings of reimbursement to understand how technology is impacting this market.”
Dombi believes part of the problem is a misconception about the role of technology in home care.
“There is still an impression out there that technology is not a big part of home care, but we have always been, and continue to be, leaders in that area,” he said.