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LaPOST Recognizes National Healthcare Decisions Day 2016

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The Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPOST) Coalition is partnering with other local, state and national health care organizations as well as communities across the state to encourage discussions about advance care planning during National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). Observed annually on April 16, NHDD is an initiative that calls for patients and families to have open conversations about their health care wishes, and to document those wishes in writing.

In recognition of NHDD, LaPOST will engage in several activities to promote community awareness about the value of advance care planning. They include a regional television ad campaign in the Acadiana, Greater Baton Rouge, Greater New Orleans and Monroe areas featuring local leaders and community members, a social media awareness campaign entitled #HonorMyWishes and media interviews.

In addition, the cities of Baton Rouge, New Roads, Monroe, Lafayette and the State of Louisiana have issued proclamations officially recognizing April 16, 2016, as NHDD.

To learn more about the LaPOST program’s special NHDD campaign, click here. For more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day, visit


LaPOST Recognizes Healthcare Decisions Day: Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge (April 8)

LaPOST Recognizes Healthcare Decisions Day: Healthcare Journal of New Orleans (April 6)                    

Voices: Make sure your health care wishes are heard: The Advertiser (March 30)

Lessons Learned from Patient Engagement Efforts in Louisiana: EMR and EHR (March 28)

Ochsner Ready for Next Mega-Storm: Pharmacy Practice News (March 17)

Health IT Issues That Deserve a Second Read: HITECH Answers (March 17)

Data Blocking: Disrupting the Data Flow: Healthcare Journal of New Orleans
(March/April 2016)

Louisiana Represented at HIMSS16: HIMSS Louisiana Chapter Newsletter
(Winter 2016)


Quality Forum Staff Among Speakers at Pop Health Forum 2016

04 2016 cindy jamieCindy Munn, Quality Forum CEO, and Jamie Martin, Marketing & Communications Manager, will present at the 2016 HIMSS Pop Health Forum, May 19-20 in Boston. Their presentation, entitled Access and Engagement: Louisiana's Integrated Strategy for Population Health, will discuss the development and integration of patient engagement and health IT strategies in Louisiana to improve population health. The conference highlights strategies and best practices to overcome the challenges facing population heath management. To learn more about the Pop Health Forum, click here.

LaPOST Chair To Lead Session During Annual Nursing Home Conference

Susan Nelson, MD, LaPOST Coalition Chair, will lead a presentation during the Louisiana Nursing Home Association’s Annual Spring Conference & Trade Show, May 3-4, in Baton Rouge. Dr. Nelson’s 90-minute session will highlight the importance of having conversations about advance care planning with relatives, physicians and caregivers. This year’s conference focuses on recent federal changes to the nursing home Five Star Rating System and will offer strategies on how facilities should navigate them. For more information on the conference, click here.
ONC Welcomes Feedback on Interoperability Measurement

04 2016 oncThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is seeking input from health IT professionals on ways to measure interoperability. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued the request to meet an objective of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to achieve widespread exchange of health information through interoperable certified electronic health records.
Public comments will be accepted through June 3. For more information, click here.