Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers Engaged in Health Information Exchange: Final Report. Background on Beechwood Homes

10/29/2013

Beechwood Continuing Care1 is a non-profit, long-term care community in the greater Buffalo, New York area. The community is comprised of independent living, assisted living and rehabilitative/skilled nursing services. The site visit conducted at Beechwood Continuing Care focused on Beechwood Homes (Beechwood), a 272-bed skilled nursing facility (SNF) and rehabilitation facility with specialty units in early dementia, hospice, and rehabilitation. The Wesley Rehabilitation Center is designed specifically for residents with intensive, short-term rehabilitation or complex medical needs. Beechwood has embraced a patient-centered quality of life focus and is undergoing a transformation to a household environment rather than nursing units.

In addition to Beechwood Homes, there are independent living apartments at Asbury Pointe and assisted living units at Blocher Homes.

To understand the HIE processes at Beechwood, interviews were completed with facility staff in administration, nursing, admissions, rehab, information technology, and health information management (HIM). In addition, discussions were completed with the following community partners who exchange information with Beechwood:

  • HEALTHeLINK (regional HIEO);
  • Kaleida Hospitals and Lab;
  • Catholic Health System;
  • Buffalo Pharmacies, Inc.;
  • Buffalo Ultrasound (radiology);
  • Family Choice Health Plan;
  • Amedysis Home Health; and
  • Hospice Buffalo Palliative Care.

Beechwood has an EHR system and is a participant in the Western New York HIE HEALTHeLINK. Information exchange occurs in many different forms with these community partners -- traditional methods including phone, fax and e-mail as well as look access to hospital EHRs or shared drives, web portals, and through HEALTHeLINK.


1. See http://www.beechwoodcare.org/.

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