Health Information Exchange in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Case Study Findings: Final Report. E. Preparing for and Planning the Site Visits

09/18/2007

A case study plan was developed and submitted to the ASPE Project Officer in June 2006, outlining the plan for how the site visits would be conducted (see Appendix A for the complete report).

The site visit team asked for assistance from each selected HDS in identifying which LTC/PAC agencies/facilities received their referrals, and also asked the HDS to provide contact information for these referral sites. The recommendations received from the host HDS were supplemented with additional PAC/LTC settings11 that were identified based on national reputation, ASPE Project Officer suggestion, and referral from industry associations (e.g., National Association for Home Care [NAHC], American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging [AAHSA], AHCA) and RHIOs.

Each of the four site visits consisted of multiple locations, which meant coordinating the review of four to five different providers at their separate locations. The site visit team visited an acute care hospital; three or more HHAs, NHs, or SNFs; and often another setting (e.g., a long-term acute care hospital or hospice). Coordination between the UCDHSC Project Director and leaders at each of the four respective sites was crucial for ensuring successful visits.

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