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e-News | July 2016

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Update: Telehealth in Louisiana

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Three telehealth-related bills introduced during the 2016 Regular Legislative Session were recently signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards, according to Lonnie Dufour, Director of Telehealth. Dufour, who serves as co-chair of the state’s Telehealth Access Task Force and Louisiana Project Coordinator for the Tex/La Telehealth Resource Center, provided a brief recap of the new legislation:
  1. Authored by Rep. Katrina Jackson, Act 252 allows for the prescribing of controlled substances under specific circumstances, in accordance with Federal Law. (Effective May 26, 2016)
  2. Introduced by Rep. John Schroder, Act 630 adds a provision that providers may conduct telemedicine via “audio only,” provided certain conditions are met. (Effective June 17, 2016)
  3. Introduced by Rep. Robert Johnson, Act 417 authorizes the use of telehealth technology to provide nutrition services and adds licensed nutritionists and dietitians to the list of providers authorized to practice via telemedicine. (Effective Aug. 1, 2016)
“The integration of telehealth services into our health care delivery system will continue to play a vital role in improving health outcomes in our state, and the new laws will help support our efforts to advance access to quality health care for Louisiana residents,” Dufour stated. If you have questions about these laws or about telehealth services in Louisiana, please contact Dufour at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
New LaPOST Document Signed Into Law

06 2016 lapost logoThe Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPOST) document was presented to the Louisiana Legislature for minor changes during the 2016 Regular Session. The changes were approved and signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards as Act No. 486, effective June 13, 2016.

Minor changes were made to update the language and to clarify processes consistent with current medical standards, making it easier to complete the document.

Susan Nelson, MD, LaPOST Coalition Chair, encourages health care professionals to use the revised form for new patients with serious, advanced illnesses, although the original document is still valid for continued use with existing patients. “The optimal time to update the document is when there is a significant change in the patient’s health status or if a patient’s wishes change,” she added.

For more information about LaPOST, click here. To download the new document, click here.

Relentless Health Value Podcast Features Munn

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Stacey Richter, host of Relentless Health Value, recently interviewed CEO Cindy Munn for an informational podcast. Relentless Health Value is a weekly series that profiles American health care entrepreneurs and leaders who are actively working to achieve the Triple Aim of improving population health and patient experience, while managing cost effectively. Munn’s interview, which highlights the Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE) and the Louisiana Emergency Department Information Exchange, Click here to listen to the podcast.
HIMSS Recognizes Patient Engagement Campaign

07 19 brian jamieThe HIMSS Health Information Exchange (HIE) InPractice Task Force recently profiled the Quality Forum’s patient engagement campaign – Your Health In Your Hands – as a case study. Brian Richmond, Chief Technology Officer, and Jamie Martin, Marketing and Communications Manager, responded to questions from the Task Force and shared patient engagement ideas, techniques, feedback and lessons learned with the HIE community. To read and/or download the case study, click here.
LaPOST Webinar for Health Care Professionals

07 16 webinar lapostThe LaPOST initiative will host an informational webinar about advance care planning and LaPOST on July 19 at noon. LaPOST Coalition Chair Susan Nelson, MD, will lead the session, which is certified for one hour of CME credit for physicians and one hour of CEU credit for social workers and nursing facility administrators. Health care professionals may register for the free webinar by clicking here. Registration is limited to 150 participants per session. If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Michael, Community Relations Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Encore Performance for Quality Forum Speakers

07 16 podium2Cindy Munn, CEO, and Jamie Martin, Marketing and Communications Manager, will address attendees of the HIMSS Pop Health Forum, Sept. 12-13 in Chicago. The two speakers will discuss Access and Engagement: Louisiana’s Integrated Strategy for Population Health, a topic they originally presented at the Pop Health Forum in Boston earlier this year. The talk covers the development and integration of patient engagement and health IT in our state. To learn more about the Pop Health Forum or to register for the event, click here.

06 2016 News Notes

Quality Forum board officers and members were noted in The Advocate’s People in Business column in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Acadiana editions on June 12.

Susan Nelson, MD, LaPOST Coalition Chair, presented “Implementing POLST in the Long-Term Care Setting: Successes and Challenges” via a nationwide webinar for the Supportive Care Coalition on June 16. Approximately 300 people attended the webinar session.

Cynthia Michael, Community Relations Director, spoke to the Council on Aging of St. Tammany Parish on June 30. Michael discussed advanced care planning and LaPOST with approximately 30 members.

Cindy Munn, CEO, authored “Setting the Bar for Patient Engagement” for the July/August issue of Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge and Healthcare Journal of New Orleans. The story outlines the Quality Forum’s patient engagement campaign and post-campaign survey results. To read more, click here.

NRHI has released an Anthology that focuses on more than 20 Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) around the country. The publication provides basic information about the member organizations and the work they do to advance transformation of health and health care. To read more about the RHICs as well as the Quality Forum’s profile, click here.

The Women’s Healthcare Executive Network of New Orleans has invited Nadine Robin, Health IT Program Director, to speak to its members on July 29. Robin will take part in a panel discussion that will address “Healthcare Technology: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities.”