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LaPOST To Host Free Webinar Feb. 18

2015-june-lapost-logoThe Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPOST) initiative will host a webinar Feb. 18. The session, led by LaPOST Coalition Chair Susan Nelson, MD, will provide analysis on advance care planning documents, including LaPOST, advice on how to have conversations with patients and an explanation of the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reimbursement policy. All health care professionals are invited to attend this free webinar. Participants will also qualify to receive one hour of CME and/or CEU credit. To register for the webinar, click here.

Quality Forum CEO Named Panelist For National Summit

02 2016 cindy munnCindy Munn, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum CEO, will participate in the 11th National Value-Based Payment and Pay for Performance Summit, Feb. 17-19 in San Francisco. Munn will serve as a faculty member for the summit and will take part in a panel discussion Feb. 18 on clinical data sharing. The annual event brings together industry leaders from the government and non-profit sectors to share best practices to improve health care quality while reducing costs. For more information on the summit, click here.


Former Quality Forum Board Member Appointed to ONC Post

02 2016 vindell washingtonVindell Washington, MD, has been named Principal Deputy Coordinator at ONC. He previously served as president and CMIO of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and as past president of the Quality Forum board. In his new role, Washington will lead ONC programs, operations and policies with a special focus on the Precision Medicine Initiative, delivery system reform and implementing the Interoperability Roadmap.

Cindy Munn, Quality Forum CEO, says, “We congratulate Dr. Washington on his recent appointment to the ONC administration. His extensive background in health care, coupled with his leadership ability and his commitment to improving the quality of our health care system will serve ONC well.”

For more information on Dr. Washington’s appointment, click here.

  Study: HIE Technology Leads to Fewer Imaging Tests

02 2016 xrayResearchers from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York have released a new study showing that providers who access patient records through a health information exchange (HIE) order fewer repeat imaging tests such as MRIs and CT scans, which may lead to significant cost savings. In Louisiana, the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE) offers the same potential benefits. Brian Richmond, Chief Technology Officer for the Quality Forum, says, “The findings of this study support what we’ve known for some time – that the ability of HIEs to facilitate access to patient data help to reduce costs at the clinical level. LaHIE enables that access for Louisiana’s health care providers and is the catalyst to improving health care quality and outcomes for patients in Louisiana.” To learn more about LaHIE, click here.

ONC to Transition EHR Incentive Program Under MACRA

02 2016 onc ehrThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced in a recent blog post that it is working to transition the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in response to the passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) to “make improvements that will allow technology to best support clinicians and their patients.” Under MACRA, quality, cost, and clinical practice improvement activities will be considered in calculating Medicare physician payments.

Nadine Robin, Health IT Program Director for the Quality Forum, advises that although changes may be on the horizon for Meaningful Use, it is not going away. “Meaningful Use is simply evolving. Providers and hospitals have adopted and implemented EHRs and health information exchange capabilities to meet Meaningful Use, and now the focus is transitioning more toward how patient care and quality are being improved as a result of health IT. As Louisiana’s trusted resource for health IT adoption and integration, we are continuing to monitor Meaningful Use and MACRA as this transition occurs.”

Health IT Marketing Conference To Feature Quality Forum’s Martin

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Jamie Martin, Marketing & Communications Manager for the Quality Forum, will be among the speakers at the third annual Healthcare IT Marketing & PR Conference in Atlanta in April. Martin will explain the marketing and communications strategies employed in the Quality Forum’s statewide campaign to engage Louisiana residents in the use of health IT tools and resources to improve their health outcomes. The event draws health IT marketing professionals from across the country and offers insight on B2B marketing, content marketing and public relations practices in the health care sector. To learn more about the conference, click here.