Medline and HealthStream have announced a strategic alliance that will offer a range of workforce development and quality improvement programs to help long-term care providers meet changing regulatory requirements in their states.

The programs will serve skilled nursing facilities, assisted living and home health and hospice organizations, according to a press release from both companies.

“Delivering our workforce development programs to professionals across the full continuum of care represents a great opportunity to improve the quality of care delivery, which has always been our primary aim,” said J. Edward Pearson, president and chief operating officer of HealthStream. “Our new strategic alliance with Medline is timely for HealthStream as it expands our reach in the long-term care space quickly and efficiently.”

HealthStream and Medline have each delivered workforce solutions that focused on the ongoing education of healthcare employees. 

But this joint venture comes as providers face a slew of new challenges during the final quarter of 2019. Those include the implementation of new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid regulations in the Requirements of Participation.

The new strategic alliance will champion and expand HealthStream’s specialized workforce development programs, including a “Compliance Essentials Program” and “Professional Development Program” that drive clinical development and meet compliance requirements. Each program is comprised of specific content, platform functionality and tracking components.

“While no two healthcare providers have the exact same needs and requirements, it is critical that they all develop a competent workforce that will help meet their regulatory requirements,” says Shawn Scott, vice president of strategic business development for Medline’s Post-Acute Care division. “This strategic alliance offers the opportunity for Medline to tap into the experts at HealthStream that have extensive regulatory experience and can position our customers to achieve long-term success.”