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Munn Re-Elected to NRHI Executive Committee

07 17 nrhiCindy Munn, CEO, was re-elected to the Executive Committee of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) as a Member-at-Large. NRHI is a national organization representing more than 30 member Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs) and state/regional affiliated partners. These multi-stakeholder organizations are dedicated to transforming the health care delivery system and achieving the Triple Aim objectives: enhancing patient experience, reducing per-capita costs and improving population health. NRHI and its members/RHICs also work with federal agencies, national foundations and national stakeholders to transform health care delivery, payment and information systems to reflect local experience. NRHI and the RHICs’ current priorities are twofold: 1) increasing transparency and supporting better access to all-payer claims/clinical data to enable communities to measure and report health care quality/cost; and 2) coordinating federal programs to best reflect and leverage local innovation.

Advance Care Planning/LaPOST Updates

07 17 new video available newNew Video Available
Since 2010, the Quality Forum has championed advance care planning and the LaPOST document with a commitment to educate health care professionals, patients and caregivers. The LaPOST website features an array of tools that are available for health care training purposes as well as information for health care consumers. One of the newest resources is an 11-minute video entitled, Having the Conversation. This informational program is designed to help patients, family members and caregivers discuss and document health care wishes at the end of life.

07 17 webinar register nowWebinar for Health Care Professionals
LaPOST initiative will host a free informational webinar for health care professionals about advance care planning and the LaPOST document. LaPOST Coalition Chair Susan Nelson, MD, will lead the session, which is certified for one hour of CEU credit for social workers and nursing facility administrators. The webinar will be offered on three different dates: Wednesday, Aug. 16 at noon; Thursday, Sept. 21 at 8 a.m.; and Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 8 a.m. Health care professionals may register for the webinar by clicking here. Registration is limited to 150 participants per session. If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia Michael, LaPOST Project Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

07 17 did you know newDid You Know?
You can order padded LaPOST documents (100 copies/pad) from the website free of charge and pay only shipping/handling fees. Click here for more information or to place an order.
New Report Examines Patient Access to Me­dical Records

07 17 new report examinesThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released a report that studies the patient experience with regard to requesting and managing health information. Improving the Health Records Request Process for Patients: Insights from User Experience Research is based on interviews with health care consumers, analysis of medical record release information from 50 large health systems and talks with health care professionals. The report follows three representative health care consumers as they navigate different records request systems. It also includes a health system perspective and design opportunities to promote a user-friendly request process. The report’s findings also prompted ONC to add new content to the Patient Engagement Playbook dealing with this topic. For additional information, please visit, the Quality Forum’s patient engagement website, which includes a section about accessing medical records.

Last Call: Feedback on Proposed Measurement Framework

07 17 last call feedbackONC’s deadline for accepting public comments related to the Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework is Monday, July 31, 2017, at 4 p.m. (CT). The document is designed to assess the implementation and use of health care interoperability standards and will aim to help health IT developers, health information exchange organizations and providers move toward a set of uniform measures to assess interoperability progress. Comments and recommendations that are submitted will be made public by ONC.

Views From Past Board Presidents: Michael Fleming, MD, FAAP

07 17 10 years
As a founding member of the Quality Forum and its first board president, Dr. Michael Fleming has watched the organization evolve over the past 10 years, lending support and guidance along the way. He practiced family medicine for 30 years in north Louisiana, led a professional medical association and has served as a national health care company administrator. Recently, Dr. Fleming offered his thoughts about health care, in general, and the Quality Forum’s role in this unique “eco-system.”

07 17 Michael Fleming MDI’ve come to believe that one of the biggest challenges today is the belief that health care is a single, huge ‘entity.’ Instead, I think there are four distinct domains. Each one is separate, but each one must coordinate with the others. The science of health care is first, and that includes the development of guidelines, best practices, standards, procedures, pharmaceuticals, etc. The second domain is the provision of health care, which consists of providers and their interactions. Health care payment is third, and this one is complex and difficult. Finally, the fourth domain is the one that should not be forgotten: the people for whom we care because they are all too often left out of the discussion. We have lived in a health care universe where these domains do not converse or relate well with each other. To make this work, all must orbit with each other in synchrony. I believed it in 2007 and still do in 2017 – the Quality Forum, serving as the trusted neutral convener, is the only place I know that can design such an eco-system.”
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