‘We’re frustrated that home care is looked at as an afterthought’
SAN DIEGO –A new organization dedicated to advocating for high-quality, affordable home care will put technology at the forefront of its early work.
That work will include tackling the challenges of interoperability, and showing how developing technology can improve outcomes and reduce operating and health care costs.
“We plan to illustrate the value proposition of using technology in home health care,” said Tracy Moorhead, president and CEO of ElevatingHOME, a nonprofit organization launched by the Visiting Nurse Associations of America that brings together home-based care providers in a unified voice. “It’s a critical piece of the work we will do.”
Moorhead said home-based care that combines technology with caring staff can play critical roles in a redesigned health care delivery system. That will involve partnering with primary care, as well as home and community-based long-term care providers; and providing post-acute and acute care at home at lower costs than similar care provided in a medical institution.
“Home-based care is carefully designed to provide care that people of all ages need—from wellness visits and chronic disease management to palliative, advanced illness and hospice care,” she said.
Big picture, Moorhead is hoping the new organization will change the way health care is delivered and engage the entire health care industry.
“Our vision is a transformed health delivery system that puts patient care first, which starts with placing home-based care at the center of health,” she said. “We’re frustrated that home care is looked at as an afterthought.”
ElevatingHOME will be led by a board of directors with leaders from both for-profit and nonprofit home-based care agencies, including Joseph Scopelliti, president and CEO of VNA Health System of Shamokin, Pa.; J. Mark Baiada, founder and president of BAYADA Home Health Care; Susan Brouillette, CEO of Alacare Home Health and Hospice; Erin Denholm, president and CEO of Trinity Health at Home; Norene Mostkoff, president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Health System; Marcia Reissig, CEO of Sutter Care at Home; and Bob Fazzi, founder and managing partner of Fazzi Associates.