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Quality Forum Launches Post-Campaign Patient Survey

05 2016 surveyThe Quality Forum is gathering feedback from residents across Louisiana in response to the statewide patient engagement campaign that launched in 2015. The online survey will be used to measure growth in consumer awareness and use of health information technology (IT). The survey takes less than two minutes to complete and will be available through May 31. To complete the survey, click here.
To learn more about the Your Health in Your Hands campaign, click here.



Quality Forum Announces New Board Members

The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum is pleased to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors for 2016.

The new members are, from left, David Carmouche, MD (Senior Vice President and President, Ochsner Health Network in Baton Rouge); Jeff Drozda (Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Association of Health Plans in Baton Rouge); Sonya Nelson (President, Amerigroup Louisiana in Baton Rouge); and A.A. “Chard” Richard III (Area President, Gulf States, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Baton Rouge).

To view a list of the Quality Forum’s board members, click here.


LaPOST Ready Regional Wrap Up art HOMELaPOST Ready Regional Wrap-Up

This month, the Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (LaPOST) Coalition will host the first in a series of nine meetings with nursing facility administrators across Louisiana to review advance care planning/LaPOST tools and resources utilized as part of a specialized training program. The project, which was launched last fall, provides administrators with targeted resources for residents, caregivers and staff. It was funded through a grant from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) using civil money penalties paid into the Nursing Home Residents’ Trust Fund.

The first meetings will be held in the Abita Springs/Hammond area (May 25) and in Thibodaux (May 27). Additional events will take place in the following locations in June: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans and Shreveport.

There is no cost to attend the meetings, but registration is required. For more information, click here.
Risk Adjustment Summit Features HIE/Analytics Case Study

05 2016 ann and cindyAnn Kay Cefalu Logarbo, MD, FAAP, Chief Medical Officer of the United Healthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, and Cindy Munn, CEO of the Quality Forum, will be among the faculty members presenting at the 2016 World Congress Risk Adjustment and Revenue Management Summit in Tysons Corner, VA, this July. Logarbo and Munn will co-present a case study detailing how the state has leveraged health information exchange (HIE) and analytics to align risk mitigation with the goals of quality improvement. For more information, click here.
REC Impact Study Released

02 2016 onc ehrIn April, the American Institutes of Research released the final report evaluating the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Regional Extension Center (REC) program. The five-year study measures the program’s overall impact in assisting providers with health IT adoption and electronic health record (EHR) implementation.

National data shows that the REC program had a positive influence on EHR adoption among primary care providers (PCPs) in small practices and practices with a large underserved patient base with 89 percent of participants adopting EHRs after enrolling in the program. Sixty-eight percent of REC participants also reported receiving incentives for achieving Stage 1 Meaningful Use, compared to just 12 percent of nonparticipants.

“The results of this study capture the great work RECs have done over the last six years to advance health IT adoption,” says Nadine Robin, Health IT Program Director for the Quality Forum. “In Louisiana, over the course of our program, we’ve assisted more than 2,000 preferred primary care physicians and more than 40 hospitals statewide in implementing EHR technology to improve patient care, and we remain committed to driving quality improvement for Louisiana patients through the meaningful use of health IT.”

To access the full report, click here.

ONC Annual Meeting 2016

05 2016 save dateONC has announced the dates for its sixth Annual Meeting, set for May 31 - June 2 in Washington, DC. The event brings together an array of health IT and health care professionals to discuss methods of utilizing health IT to improve outcomes while reducing costs. This year’s format features a third day focused on empowering consumers to become active partners in their health. For more information, or to register for the Annual Meeting, click here.