Over the past two years, leading healthcare organizations, care providers, patients, and families have embraced telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) making it the new standard of care delivery across the care continuum.
From community-based and social determinants of health (SDoH) to in-patient and post-acute care, healthcare providers and payers are leveraging telehealth and RPM to meet the biggest challenges in the industry today—reducing nursing burden, improving patient outcomes, and controlling care costs.
During the 2022 Vision to Virtual conference, Health Recovery Solutions will be joined by telehealth and RPM experts from around the country to share their insights, experiences, best practices, and plans for future growth of digital care.
For our keynote presentation, HRS was thrilled to welcome Kali Durgampudi, Chief Technology Officer at Zelis. Kali shared both his professional experience in health technology and his personal experiences moving to the US in his early 20s to shed light on the progression of technology over the last few decades and share exciting innovations that will change the way we travel the world, interact with one another, and deliver care to patients and families.
Hospice care organizations offer invaluable services to patients and their families, providing support, comfort, and education during the most difficult time in a person’s life. Telehealth and RPM services allow clinicians to monitor symptoms, manage patient pain, and provide families with educational resources all with the goal of keeping patients enrolled on hospice services, out of the hospital, and with their loved ones.
During this session, presenters share best practices, including:
To address hospital capacity, limited resources, and staffing constraints, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) supported hospitals and health systems in creating Hospital at Home care programs.
One year later, we check-in with the team at Allina Health to explore how their program has matured and expanded. During this session, the Allina team will share best practices for clinician buy-in, partnership development, and data collection—critical components to launching a hospital at home program and assessing program success.
Why is utilization important? What impacts utilization and what does it tell me about my RPM program? How does my team improve our utilization?
During this panel discussion, the Health Recovery Solutions Clinical Services team sits down with HRS partners and clients to discuss the key components that impact utilization, including:
In just a few short months, CMS' Home Health Value Based Purchasing program will take effect, shifting the home health industry and significantly impacting the way home health agencies operate.
Join Charles Breznicky and the SimiTree team as they introduce the biggest changes taking effect in January 2023, the metrics agencies will be evaluated on, and how digital health platforms can support home health agencies in this new age of value based care.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare organizations received funding for and made substantial investments in RPM. As we begin to move beyond the pandemic, how can organizations pivot their existing telehealth and RPM programs to address the most pressing challenges in healthcare—financial risk, staffing limitations, and capacity constraints.
As telehealth and RPM platforms enter mainstream care delivery, clinicians and clinical leaders harbor concerns over increasing nursing burden due to excessive health IT use. A robust EMR integration is critical to avoiding this increase in nursing burden and reducing unnecessary documentation.
During this session, HRS will hear how partners are levering their EMR integration to share patient data and updates with clinicians, support billing for RPM services, reduce documentation, and provide real-time medication updates to patients and their caregivers.
Kali Durgampudi primarily serves as Chief Technology Officer at Zelis, and also as an advisor for several technology companies and is on the board of CHIME India. With over 20 years of health information technology experience, Kali has successfully led cross-functional teams across the globe, and delivered large-scale projects, while managing the budget realities of today’s market. A recognized thought leader on the subjects of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Innovation, and Operational Excellence, Kali has spoken at events such as HIMSS Mobile Conference, Boston Investor Conference, Security Think-Tank, and a congressional panel on AI in Healthcare.
VP of Home and Community Services
Julia Crist is a leader in post-acute and value-based care models for seniors. In her current role as Vice President of Home and Community Services at Allina Health in Minneapolis Minnesota, Miss Crist leads operations and strategy for several service lines, including; home health, hospice, community geriatric medicine, palliative care and durable medical equipment. She is passionate about driving change in healthcare to reduce cost, improve outcomes, and serve patients and families in accordance with their wishes. Miss Crist holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota.
VP of Growth and Innovation
Rhonda Wiering is the Vice President of Growth and Innovation at Avera@Home, bringing over 25 years of experience in healthcare leadership and clinical operations. Miss Wiering currently serves on Rural Palliative Care Project, Stratis Health Advisory Committee and has served on numerous councils including the American Hospital Association Long Term Care and Rehab Governance Council, the Minnesota Health Care Home Quality Workgroup, and the MDH Rural Health Advisory Committee.
Miss Wiering is a registered nurse and received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from South Dakota State University. Miss Wiering also holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business and a Master’s in Science Nursing, Leadership and Management from Walden University.
Manager of Population Health Operations
Rachel received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire with a focus on long-term care. Miss Kuhnly desired to enable improvement across the care continuum and pursued her Master’s at the University of Minnesotaʼs MHA program. After graduation, she completed a year-long fellowship at Allina Health under Dr. Penny Wheeler. During her fellowship, the pandemic started and she quickly worked with Julia Crist (among many others!) to stand up a Hospital at Home model for Allina Health. Now, Miss Kuhnly is the Manager of Population Health Operations, where she continues to oversee the program development and operations.
VP of Clinical Services
Health Recovery Solutions
Patty Upham, RN currently serves as the Vice President of Clinical Services at Health Recovery Solutions, where she helps lead clinical strategy and support clients as they launch and expand their RPM programs. Prior to joining HRS, Patty was the Director of FirstHealth Home Care for nearly 20 years. As Director, Patty managed FirstHealth Care Transitions including two Medicare Certified Home Health Agencies, a Complex Care Management Program, and the Center for Telehealth. Under her leadership, FirstHealth developed clinical pathways for chronic disease - a multidisciplinary, evidence-based, and patient-centered approach. Patty has over 30 years of Home Care experience and served a 3-year term on the American Hospital Association Advisory Board. She has been a frequent national speaker on the topics of telehealth and clinical and operational best practices.
Madison Cooley is the Strategy Manager for Novant Health’s Digital Health and Engagement team. As Strategy Manager, Mrs. Cooley led the development and implementation of Novant Health’s Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) program which began enrolling patients in April of 2022. The RPM program has since expanded into multiple service lines and continues its rapid expansion.
Prior to joining the Digital Health and Engagement team, Mrs. Cooley served in various roles at Novant Health, including as a Clinical Administrator where she managed multiple ambulatory specialty clinics across the Greater Charlotte area.
Mrs. Cooley received her Bachelor’s in Health Communications and Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Novant Health is headquartered in Winston Salem, North Carolina with over 800 locations, including 15 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics.
VP of Clinical Innovation
Health Recovery Solutions
Prior to HRS, Jenna Kowalski worked for 17 years as an RN at a large health system in western New York. Jenna started her career in the acute step-down unit and the ICU, later moving to home health where she held many positions including Lead Cardiac Trainer, Clinical Educator, Manager of Clinical Operations, and most recently, the Director of Nursing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in nursing and an MBA with an advanced certificate in healthcare management.
Manager, Ambulatory Telehealth
BayCare Health System
Kristy Garay is the Telehealth Manager for Ambulatory Services at BayCare Health Systems in Clearwater, Florida. Some of the Virtual Care programs include Remote Patient Monitoring, Hospital at Home, On-Demand Care, and BayCare’s eWound program.
Holding a degree in Economics from Florida State University with certifications in Project Manager and a Six Sigma Black belt, she has led teams and large-scale projects in a variety of industries. Prior to her role in Telehealth, she worked in BayCare’s ePMO office, managing many key strategic initiatives for the organization.
BayCare Health System is a non-profit health system headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. BayCare operates 15 hospitals in the Tampa Bay and West Central Florida region and is the largest employer in the bay area, with over 27,000 team members. BayCare’s diverse network of ambulatory services includes laboratories, imaging, surgical centers, BayCare Urgent Care locations, wellness centers, and one of Florida’s largest home care agencies, BayCare HomeCare.
Manager, Tele-monitor & Specialty Nursing
BayCare Health System
Director of Virtual Care
Julia Murray is the Director of Virtual Care for Compassus overseeing and advancing the existing Home Health telehealth program as well as leading the implementation to expand into other service lines. The telehealth service includes both remote patient monitoring with additional nursing support through virtual visits. The program has seen exciting growth over the last few months.
Prior to her role as Director, Julia was an Area Clinical leader with Compassus, responsible for clinical operations and patient outcomes of two hospice programs serving a large population in Southwest Missouri.
Julia has been a registered nurse for 16 years and received her Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership in Healthcare Systems from Jacksonville University and is Certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing. Compassus is headquartered in Brentwood, TN with 200 locations serving 30 states with multiple home-based services including home health, infusion therapy, palliative and hospice care.
Charlie Breznicky Jr. has been in the Healthcare industry since 2002; he joined SimiTree in 2015 after working for several home health agencies as a Field Nurse, Performance Improvement and Compliance Specialist, Clinical Manager and Health Information Systems Manager. He is currently a Director on the Clinical Operations team at SimiTree and has assisted agencies to develop QAPI Programs, prepare for surveys, succeed under the Review Choice Demonstration, adapt to the changes to the Home Health Conditions of Participation and the Patient Driven Groupings Model and prepare for Value Based Purchasing.
VP of Revenue Cycle Management
Health Recovery Solutions
Director of Strategic Accounts
Health Recovery Solutions
Vision to Virtual’s keynote session, hosted on November 3, 2021, presented the key drivers impacting the direction of healthcare and health technology heading into 2022: the COVID-19 pandemic, the growing role of consumerism, increasing health disparities, telehealth reimbursement expansion, and more.
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