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Long-term care and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers are an increasingly important component of the US health care system due to an aging population, the level and variation of costs for these services borne by Medicare and Medicaid, and the frequent transitions of care experienced by residents. Problematically, the adoption and use of interoperable health information technology among LTPAC providers has lagged behind other sectors of the health care system. Notably, these providers were not eligible for Meaningful Use incentive payments. This panel will present findings from a recent nationwide survey of LTPAC facilities in the US. The survey covered the domains of adoption, interoperability, barriers, challenges, and user experiences. Expert panelist will provide reactions to the state of health information technology usage in the LTPAC industry, translate findings into practice and management implications, and discus the role of policy change, advocacy, and leadership in addressing current challenges.