Tuesday, February 21, 2017

AHCA Vice Chair Michael Wylie Participates in Long Term Care Summit

AHCA Press Office

Vice President, Development at Genesis HealthCare and AHCA Vice Chair Michael Wylie joined nearly 60 national long term care professionals last week at the National Summit on the Future of America’s Nursing Home Industry in Philadelphia. The event – hosted by the Targeting Revolutionary Eder Care Solutions (TRECS) Institute and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania – was an opportunity to discuss how to improve care and reduce costs in the profession.

The goals of the Summit included:

  • Identify opportunities to improve care and process, reduce costs, and identify specific strategies to assure that SNFs remain as quality providers of care for the seniors they serve; and
  • Develop regulatory and reimbursement principles for the long term care profession to maintain quality of care for Medicaid enrollees in a shifting payment environment.

TRECS Institute Executive Director John Whitman, MBA, NHA, opened the day with a State of the Industry address. He highlighted issues such as changing payment models, changing patient/resident characteristics, staffing, regulatory oversight, and the Five-Star rating system.

Discussion then shifted to “Finding the No-Brainers” – immediate opportunities for improving care and reducing costs. The group discussed important concepts, such as:

  • Service delivery (e.g. rehospitalizations, telemedicine, and staffing)
  • Regulatory (e.g. reducing survey redundancy, Five-Star, and liability)
  • Payment (e.g. delayed Medicaid payments, three-day stay, and site neutral)
  • Other arrangements (e.g. workforce training, housing, and advanced care systems)

Participants were then asked to design the nursing care center of the future. Several break-out groups focused on different areas, including design, payment, technology, and more. Mr. Wylie led the discussion on nursing home design, focusing on the need for a specialized memory care unit, a large therapy and public area, treatment rooms for specialty services such as dental and ophthalmology, and a robust telemedicine program.

A full report is being developed based on discussion at the Summit and will be shared with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It is intended to identify achievable changes to the current system with the ultimate goal of improving care and reducing costs.

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