Regulations & Guidelines Affecting LTPAC Practitioners
American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)
- This is the legislation that created incentives for the acquisition and implementation of Electronic Health Records.
The Challenge ARRA Poses for LTPAC Providers
The incentives for use of information management completely overlooked LTC facilities. There’s no statutory requirement or financial incentive for LTC facilities to implement information technology, and there’s no direction for them to interact with the LTC physician who is expected to use electronic records.
If physicians who work in LTC use technology certified as an ambulatory health record, that physician (or nurse practitioner) is eligible for various incentives. There is no incentive for the LTC facility or the LTC pharmacy – each of which manages a critical part of the record required by the physician to complete the “Medical Home” record.