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Project Provides Coaching for Clinic Offices

03 18 well ahead logo colorThe Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and Well-Ahead Louisiana are partnering with Louisiana’s Office of Public Health to provide practice coaching for quality improvement work that targets chronic disease reduction. This work is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and participating clinics will receive technical assistance from the practice coaches through May 2018. The scope and target of the intervention will be determined by the clinics, with the assistance of the practice coaches. The project must target hypertension and/or diabetes but can focus on any part of the spectrum of care for these patients: increasing screening, improving data reports and implementing new educational programs. The participating clinics will receive remote/on-site assistance from the experienced practice coaches as well as support and resources from Well-Ahead Louisiana. Outcomes will be determined by the National Quality Forum measures of hypertension and diabetes control at the start and completion of the project. For more information regarding this work, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum office.

Update: National Healthcare Decisions Day 2018

03 18 NHDD graphicThe Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPOST) Coalition, along with other national, state and community organizations, will highlight the importance of advance health care decision-making through an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). NHDD is designed to encourage patients to express their wishes about health care and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. With its overall theme – “It always seems too early, until it’s too late” – NHDD has recently expanded to a week-long event (April 16-22) that is dedicated to different aspects of advance care planning awareness and education.

In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards has proclaimed April 16 as Healthcare Decisions Day. End-of-life care preferences can be recorded in our state through advance directives (“living wills”), the power of attorney for health care and/or the LaPOST document. LaPOST, a physician’s order designed specifically for patients with serious, advanced illnesses, complements the other documents and is not biased for or against medical treatment. If you are interested in special resources to promote community awareness about advance care planning in Louisiana, the LaPOST website features NHDD toolkits for health care professionals and consumers.

FYI: Advance Care Planning Seminar Recap

03 18 Advance Care Planning seminar recapThe Acadiana Health Coalition and the LaPOST Coalition recently welcomed nearly 50 health care professionals to the Victory Addiction Recovery Center in Lafayette for the first of three educational seminars focusing on long-term care facilities in Louisiana. Dr. Susan Nelson detailed the advance care planning documents, reviewed the LaPOST legislation and suggested communication strategies for initiating advance care planning conversations with residents. The coalitions would like to thank Our Lady of the Oaks Retirement Center and Administrator Kevin Doerr for providing the group with a light breakfast and refreshments. Pictured from left: Tracy Vincent, FNP-BC (Director of Senior Services & Palliative Medicine) and Pauline Breaux, RN (Senior Service Program Manager) with Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center and LaPOST Coalition Chair Susan Nelson, MD.

MyHealthEData, Blue Button 2.0 Debut at HIMSS18

03 18 MyHealthEData BlueButtonThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new Trump Administration initiative – MyHealthEData – at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference in March 2018 in Las Vegas. According to a CMS press release, the initiative aims “…to empower patients by giving them control of their health care data, and allowing it to follow them through their health care journey.” MyHealthEData is designed to remove barriers that prevent patients from accessing and controlling their medical records which will in turn, support patients’ efforts to make more informed decisions about their health and health care. In addition, the agency is also expanding patients’ access and control of data by launching Blue Button 2.0 as an improved, secure way for Medicare beneficiaries to access and manage their health care data in a universal data format. Other key announcements included CMS’ intent to overhaul its Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (e.g., streamlining Meaningful Use and the Quality Payment Program; prioritizing quality measures; and preventing information blocking) and its ongoing commitment to a health care system that focuses on value-based care (e.g., streamlining documentation/billing requirements; ensuring that patients receive health data upon discharge; and requiring providers to update their systems to ensure data sharing, etc.). To read a copy of CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s speech from HIMSS18, please click here.

09 17 News Notes

 "Susan Nelson, MD, Conducts Seminars on Advance Care Planning,” a Healthcare Brief in the March/April 2018 issues of Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge (pp. 42-43) and Healthcare Journal of New Orleans (pp. 42), featured the seminar series on advance care planning/LaPOST presented by Dr. Nelson, LaPOST Coalition Chair.

"Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum Announces New Board Members," a Healthcare Brief in the January/February 2018 issues of Healthcare Journal of Baton Rouge (pp. 42-43) and Healthcare Journal of New Orleans (pp. 42), featured Michael Fleming, MD, Ruth Kennedy and Cheryl Tolbert, the newest members of the Quality Forum board.

The Quality Forum received proclamations from Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Mayor James E. Mayo officially recognizing April 16, 2018, as National Healthcare Decisions Day in the city of Baton Rouge/parish of East Baton Rouge and the city of Monroe, respectively.

On March 27, Susan Nelson, MD, LaPOST Coalition Chair, hosted a webinar about advance care planning and the LaPOST document. Nearly 70 health care professionals registered for the event.

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