Whether it is urging Congress to recognize home telehealth interactions as bona fide Medicare services or the Administration to provide financial assistance to post-acute care providers, including home care agencies, to adopt certified health information technology, the Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) is at the forefront of advocating for the advancement of technology in home health care and hospice.
The Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA) was established in 2005 by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) to assemble a unified voice of the home care technology industry and to support initiatives that advance the use of health information technology and telehealth in home health care. HCTAA also advocates for the adoption of health IT standards and clinical measures that support care coordination, patient-centered care and the interoperable exchange of health information. HCTAA provides education and information to policy makers and health care providers about the benefits of the use of technology in current and emerging health care delivery models.
The purpose of HCTAA is to engage members of the vendor and provider community around innovation and technology policy initiatives in Washington, DC. We will seek collaboration on public and private initiatives to advance the adoption and use of technologies that support quality, safety, integrity, and the coordination of healthcare services in the home.
The vision for the HCTAA is to be the leading voice of the post-acute vendor community regarding the IT impact of regulations, (potential) certification, interoperability, and other emerging standards for sharing health information.
- Become trusted advisor to the federal government regarding interoperability, certification and health information exchange standards;
- Ensure that post-acute interest are represented in leading health information exchange consortiums;
- Advocate with Congress for the use of advance communication technologies in home care and hospice in existing and new models of care;
- Partner with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) including the CMS Innovation Center, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC) and other regulatory agencies to ensure they understand the strong commitment of the home healthcare IT vendors and providers to advance innovation in home and community-based care, provide high quality and cost effective care and the feasibility of government regulations.
Former Congressman John Barrow (D-GA-12) experiences telehealth as demonstrated by a telehealth nurse as NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris and HCTAA Executive Director Richard Brennan observe in the background.
“Home care providers need to take every opportunity to educate their Members of Congress on the efficiencies and cost savings obtained from technology adoption and also implore Congress to reimburse home health care providers for the use of technology in Medicare.”
— NAHC President, Val J. Halamandaris
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Primary Benefits of a HCTAA Membership:
- Join other industry experts and executives to discuss important home care issues relating to health technology
- Gain access health technology policy experts for legal, regulatory, and legislative advice from NAHC’s seasoned staff
- Obtain cutting-edge news from a weekly e-newsletter, Home Care Technology Update
- Join opportunities to network with industry peers, learn from experts, showcase health information technologies, and develop educational sessions
- Gain representation in NAHC through its technology section and the HCTAA Advisory Board
If you are a National Association for Home Care & Hospice Provider or Associate Member in good standing and would also like to be apart of HCTAA please contact NAHC Membership department at (202) 547-7424 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and join for no additional dues charge.
HCTAA’s Executive Director is Richard D. Brennan, Jr., M.A.
Richard D. Brennan, Jr. (Rich) serves as the Vice President of Technology Policy in the Government Affairs Department of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the Executive Director of its affiliated Home Care Technology Association of America (HCTAA). Rich’s areas of expertise include legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to electronic health records (EHRs), telehealth, point of care technologies, remote monitoring technologies and disruptive technologies in the home health and hospice industry. Rich has a Masters Degree from Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture & Technology Graduate Program and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. He can be contacted at email@example.com.