The Future of Home Health Project: Envisioning a better world for aging, disabilities, and independence

Teresa LeeGuest post by Teresa Lee, JD, MPH, Executive Director of the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation

This year, the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation embarked on a project with the goal of developing a research-based strategic framework for the future of home health care in the United States. The Future of Home Health (FOHH) Project aims to improve the understanding of how home health care is currently used, and how it should be used in the future for older Americans and those with disabilities in the U.S.

To kick off the FOHH Project, the Alliance released a white paper on the project at a Capitol Hill briefing on May 5th in Washington, D.C. The white paper discusses the impetus for the project, and highlights key topics for the project going forward, including the value of home health care, public policies, challenges for meeting future needs, and delivery system reforms. Speakers at the Hill briefing included Dr. Steven Landers, chair of the Alliance’s Board, Tracey Moorhead with the Visiting Nurse Associations of America, Al Dobson with Dobson | DaVanzo Associates, and Tracy Lustig of the Institute of Medicine. A replay of the briefing, as well as the white paper, are available on the Alliance’s website here.

The next major step in the project will be an Institute of Medicine and National Research Council workshop on “The Future of Home Health Care”, which will be held on September 30 – October 1, 2014 in Washington, D.C. with the IOM/NRC’s Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence. At the workshop, key stakeholders from throughout the health care and disability communities will convene to discuss infrastructure, workforce, research, and policy needs to support optimal use of home health care in the future. A summary of the workshop is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2015. The Alliance is a sponsor of this IOM/NRC activity, and we hope that you will participate and spread the word! The workshop will be open to the public, and more information will be made available in the weeks to come here.

Events, workshops, and papers such as these will seek to inform a larger research-based strategic framework for the future of home health care to be released in 2015. If you’re interested in learning more about the Alliance or the FOHH Project, visit the Alliance’s FOHH Project website or contact the Alliance’s Special Assistant Jen Schiller at jschiller@ahhqi.org.

We hope you save the dates for these exciting events and join us in Washington, D.C., or participate through webcasts, papers, social media, and more. You can also follow the FOHH Project and other Alliance endeavors via Twitter (@AHHQI and #FutureofHH) and our monthly Twitter chats using the #HomeHealthChat!

Teresa Lee, JD, MPH is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (the “Alliance”). Ms. Lee leads and supports the Alliance’s research and educational efforts on the value home health care can offer to patients and the evolving U.S. health care system. Ms. Lee also served as Senior VP at the Advanced Medical Technology Association, and as a Senior Counsel in the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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One Response to The Future of Home Health Project: Envisioning a better world for aging, disabilities, and independence

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