Results from a post-acute care survey conducted by Brightree reveal a significant gap between what referring providers and health systems want, and what home health and hospice providers are delivering, when it comes to interoperability, Brightree notes.

Respondents to the survey, conducted by Porter Research, included both home health and hospice providers (675 respondents) and their referral sources (440 respondents). It found that electronic referrals are high on the priority list:

  • 70% of home health and hospice organizations reported an increase in the number of referral sources requesting referral data to be sent electronically over the past 1-2 years;
  • 60% of referring providers said they would switch to a new post-acute care provider if that organization were able to accept electronic referrals; and
  • Only 4% of home health and hospice organizations reported they were able to accept electronic referrals from a referral source (electronic medical record) EMR system.

This lack of automation and reliance on manual labor takes a toll on post-acute providers’ bottom lines, a media release from Brightree opines.

According to the survey findings, almost two-thirds of home health and hospice organizations require several full-time equivalents (FTEs) each month to track down data and documents they feel could be obtained with better integration in place.

“Interoperability is no longer an option, but an essential aspect of any home health and hospice business,” said Nick Knowlton, Brightree vice president of strategic initiatives. “We were pleased to find users of our Brightree home health and hospice solution were among respondents reporting the highest ability to receive electronic referrals properly, but there’s still tremendous opportunity to continue bridging the gap.”

Many post-acute care providers are considering interoperability a business necessity. According to the survey:

  • 30% of home health and hospice organizations said they are planning to expand their efforts into interoperability this year; and
  • 31% claim they would even switch electronic health record (EHR) systems if they found one that could better support their interoperability needs.

For more information on Brightree’s Home Health and Hospice EMR, now part of MatrixCare’s post-acute software suite, visit Brightree.

[Source(s): Brightree, Business Wire]