In healthcare, transparency refers to the availability of information about the quality and cost of healthcare, allowing consumers to choose a healthcare provider based on value. Increasingly, consumers are taking an active role in directing their own healthcare. Increased transparency is a theme of healthcare reform, and changes are on the horizon for LTPAC providers.
The impact that technology has had in transforming the provision of healthcare services cannot yet be truly quantified; from ensuring an electronic presence your staff can easily access, to organizing your company's information in the most user-friendly manner, to being a competitively recognizable market player, there is no corner of a post-acute care provider that is untouched by healthcare technology. Indeed, if were you to begin taking stock of the different aspects that it demands, you would undoubtedly lose focus of your core business activities. This is where VCPI steps in, as a one-stop shop qualified to handle all your needs in a way that maximizes the efficiency of all your operations.
Even though the MDS has been used for more than a decade, it continues to be re-tooled. Now, seventeen years later, the MDS 3.0 and RUG-IV are scheduled for implementation in October, 2010. With roughly a half year left before this major change, we find ourselves wondering what needs to happen to assure success. Let’s look at the process from 10,000 feet.