70th AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo
What is the future of long-term care? Long-term care is changing every day and new challenges are always on the horizon. But what does the future hold for the industry and what solutions can help?
Several innovative models are being tested to prove cost efficiencies, improve quality, and sustain workforce. One approach consists of connecting long-term care facilities to a 24/7 multidisciplinary team of geriatric-led clinicians. Since 2012, one model has been supplying LTC facilities with immediate access to geriatricians, social workers, pharmacists and behavioral health specialists through two-way audio and video equipment. This model was tested by CMMI and is currently deployed in nearly 70 LTC facilities within the US.
The focus of this presentation will explore how three different disciplines utilize virtual care, by sharing examples and outcomes of how this approach benefits facilities and LTC residents. Areas of focus will include licensed social work and the importance of advanced care planning, leveraging geriatric-led pharmacist to assist with medication reconciliation, and the role of a psychiatric nurse practitioner to assist with behavioral health needs.
This virtual care concept takes a multidisciplinary team of geriatric-led clinicians and extends this expertise to not only one facility, but has the capacity to cover thousands of residents within several facilities. With the shortage of clinicians, uncertain reimbursement and lack of access to needed care, this approach has been proven to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, significant cost savings have been gained, and 90% of urgent care video encounters result in treatment in place.