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  Task Force Discusses Telehealth Coverage

04 17 telehealth ipadThe Louisiana Telehealth Access Task Force (TATF) met at the Quality Forum office on March 27. Attendees included representatives from the Healthy Louisiana managed care organizations (MCOs), the TATF membership and other concerned entities. The Healthy Louisiana representatives spoke to the group about their organization’s views regarding telehealth reimbursement issues, and how they impact this mode of health care delivery. “We were pleased to hear that overall, the MCOs have a positive view of telehealth services. We also learned that reimbursement of the professional fee was being paid by all parties, but barriers remain when it comes to reimbursement for the host or originating facility,” noted Lonnie DuFour, Telehealth Director for the Quality Forum and TATF chair. For more information about telehealth, contact DuFour at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 318-500-0046.

  LaPOST Update I

04 17 LaPOST update 1 webinarUpcoming Webinar Dates
Susan Nelson, MD, LaPOST Coalition Chair, will host a special webinar for staff members who work in Louisiana’s long-term care facilities. Entitled, “Planning for the Best Care Possible,” the one-hour session will cover the causes of potentially avoidable hospitalizations in the post-acute world and ways to improve care with advance care planning discussions and documentation. The webinar will be offered on three different dates: Thursday, May 25; Tuesday, May 30; and Thursday, June 1; and each one will begin at 8 a.m. Long-term care professionals may register for the free webinar by clicking here.

  LaPOST Update II

04 17 LaPOST update 2 storiesCall for LaPOST Stories
In accordance with its grant from the Louisiana Department of Health to provide advance care planning and LaPOST education/training in long-term care facilities, the LaPOST initiative is gathering positive stories about these topics to share with residents, caregivers and staff. “We’d love to hear about LaPOST implementation in a facility or stories of how advance care planning helped a resident and his/her family at the end of life. Names of residents and caregivers would be de-identified to protect their privacy, of course. Our goal is to share these valuable stories with other long-term care facilities across the state,” explained Cynthia Michael, Project Director. If you have a story to tell, or if you would like additional information, contact Michael at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  Your Health Information, Your Rights: Get It, Check It, Use It

04 17 ONC infographicThe Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) gives individuals the right to see and obtain copies of their health information, or share it with a third party, like a family member or a mobile device app. Having easy access to this information can empower people to be more in control of their health and well-being. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office for Civil Rights have created an infographic with key facts about an individual’s right to accessing their medical records; a demonstration of how to obtain medical records; and tips for protecting health information., the Quality Forum’s consumer/patient engagement website, also features information about medical records and a HIPAA guide.

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