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eNews | March 2017

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  NHDD: It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late

NHDD logoIn recognition of NHDD, the Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPOST) Coalition is partnering with health care organizations across the country to highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making. Observed annually on April 16, this initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and local organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their health care decisions. LaPOST’s efforts include targeted television ads that will run in the Acadiana and greater Baton Rouge areas featuring local leaders and community members. The campaign will also feature social media messaging and online NHDD toolkits for health care consumers and professionals. Please visit the LaPOST site for more details as well as the NHDD site for information about the national effort.

  Save the Date: 2017 Rural Health at the Crossroads

save the date telehealthThe TexLa Telehealth Resource Center (TRC) will host its annual conference June 21-23 in Amarillo, Texas. The event brings health care and community leaders from Louisiana and Texas together to learn and network. This year’s conference will focus on managing challenges and disparities in rural health in addition to legislative updates from both states, school-based telehealth and telebehavioral health. The TexLa TRC is a federally-funded program, based in Lubbock, Texas. Its mission is to expand telehealth capacity and usage in both states for improvement of health care access, quality, and outcomes. “The evaluation of telehealth programs in Louisiana and Texas is the TexLa TRC’s focus, and this annual event enables us to share what we’ve learned with our colleagues in Texas to improve delivery of services, efficiency and patient satisfacton,” noted Lonnie Dufour, Quality Forum Director of Telehealth. Dufour also serves as the State Project Coordinator for the TexLa TRC and Chair of the Louisiana Telehealth Access Task Force. For updates and registration information, please visit the conference site.


Free, Online Informatics Training for Health Care Professionals

Register NowThe Health Informatics Curriculum and Training for Transformation (HICATT) Program offers free, online training for health care professionals to promote care transformation. The Quality Forum, in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), offers courses in four disciplines of work: providers, clinical support, business officers and information technology (IT) support. The courses are self-guided and self-paced with continuing education credit available for physicians, pharmacists and nurses. For program details and registration information, click here, and for questions, please contact Michelle Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The next course begins May 22, and the registration deadline is May 5.

  ICYMI: Health IT Playbook & EHR Contracting

ICYMIIn September 2016, ONC released the Health IT Playbook. Designed to help make health IT utilization easier for providers, this web-based resource combines practical, technical and workflow assistance through a variety of tools for providers and practice staff. The Playbook has recently been updated to include ONC SAFER Guides and two new training modules, along with new content about Permitted Uses and Disclosures: Exchange for Public Health ActivitiesLong-Term and Post-Acute Care Providers and Health Information Exchange (LTPAC), immunization registries, and workforce training. To learn about the features and content, you can register for a public webinar on March 29 from 1:30-3 p.m. CT. 

ONC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also released an EHR contracting guide for clinicians and hospitals late last year. Entitled “EHR Contracts Untangled: Selecting Wisely, Negotiating Terms and Understanding the Fine Print,” the guide is intended to make sure contract terms do not inhibit the utility of EHR technologies while promoting connectivity and protecting against data blocking. The Health IT Playbook and the EHR contracting guide aim to support the interoperable flow of health information and to foster a cost-efficient health care system.

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