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Quality Forum Welcomes New Board Member

10 16 New Board Member Blanco2The Quality Forum is pleased to announce that former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. Under Gov. Blanco’s leadership in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Louisiana Legislature recognized the Quality Forum as a private, not-for-profit organization in 2007. Since retiring from elective office, she speaks nationally and internationally on topics including disaster preparation, public service and economic development. Gov. Blanco is also writing her memoirs and provides consulting services. 

From left, Quality Forum CEO Cindy Munn, Board President John Carroll and Board Members Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and Chuck Burnell, MD.

CMS Releases MACRA Final Rule

09 16 Brian AllenOn Oct. 14, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule leading to implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program. In a press release issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of CMS, stated that “It’s time to modernize the Medicare physician payment system to be more streamlined and effective at supporting high-quality patient care. To be successful, we must put patients and clinicians at the center of the Quality Payment Program.” The new value-based reimbursement program is scheduled to start Jan. 1, 2017. CMS also launched a new website that explains the program and payment models with a resource library to help clinicians identify the measures most meaningful to their practice or specialty. The site includes a fact sheet that provides an overview of the program for clinicians.

Update: Louisiana Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment Program

09 16 Brian AllenDec. 31, 2016, marks the deadline for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to register for participation in the Louisiana Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Payment Program. Providers and hospitals must be enrolled by that date or they will not be eligible to earn incentives for having and using certified EHR technology. Eligible providers can receive $21,250 for the first year of participation, then $8,500 for each additional year, with a potential of $63,750 over six years. The Quality Forum, as Louisiana’s regional extension center, helped more than 2,000 providers and hospitals in the state to adopt, implement, upgrade and demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. With this support, eligible professionals and hospitals have received more than $119 million in combined Medicare/Medicaid EHR incentive payments to date. If you would like information about participation in this program and support services offered by the Quality Forum, please contact us at 225-334-9299 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information about the Louisiana Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment Program, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
LDH Hosts EHR Vendor Fair

09 16 Brian AllenTo support Healthy Louisiana Medicaid providers, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) will host an EHR and Clearinghouse Vendor Fair on Oct. 26, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rm. 118 of the Bienville Building, located at 628 N. 4th St. in Baton Rouge. The purpose of the event is to provide an open forum for providers to learn about available EHR and clearinghouse technology as well as the Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment Program. For more information, providers are encouraged to RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 225-342-7738.
LaPOST Coalition Receives Program Update

10 16 lapost coalition2The LaPOST Coalition met last month to discuss revisions to the LaPOST document, recap the 2016 National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) campaign and suggest ideas for NHDD in 2017. The group also received an update about the Quality Forum’s specialized training program for health care professionals in long-term care facilities. In June 2015, LaPOST was added to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment for Louisiana’s long-term care facilities. In one year, the percentage of nursing facility residents with LaPOST documents increased from 31 to 36 percent. These early results are encouraging and underscore the importance of advance care planning in this setting. The training program is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Department of Health using civil money penalties paid into the Nursing Home Residents’ Trust Fund. For more information, please visit the LaPOST website.

LaPOST Coalition members attending the September 2016 meeting included seated from left: Carmen Weisner, LCSW, ACSW/National Association of Social Workers-Louisiana; Alice Battista, RN, BSN, MSN/Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; Benton Holmes, MUMMS Software; and standing from left, Emily Stevens, LCSW/Woman’s Hospital; Susan Nelson, MD, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System; Ken Alexander, Louisiana Hospital Association; and Cynthia Michael, Quality Forum.
Focusing on Health Information Exchange (HIE) and the Medical Neighborhood

10 16 Focus on HIE Med Neighborhood2
In early October, Nadine Robin, Health IT Program Director addressed nearly 175 attendees at the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Congress in Chicago. She spoke about the role that HIE plays in increasing quality reporting in PCMH settings. The PCMH Congress is an official conference of the National Committee on Quality Assurance.
New Video: Health IT and the Health Care Delivery System

09 16 Brian AllenHHS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released a whiteboard video animation that highlights the role health IT plays in reforming the health care delivery system. The 3:13 video aims to explain how health IT can help give patients and providers the keys to their health data.
06 2016 News Notes

CEO Cindy Munn’s Letter to the Editor in recognition of National Health IT Week appeared in The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette) and The Town Talk (Alexandria).


References to the Aug. 19 Healthcare IT News story – “Prescription for ER Overuse: Engage Patients in EHR Data and Health Information Exchange” – appeared on two additional websites: (Aug. 19) and (Aug. 23).The original story profiled the organization’s direct-to-consumer patient engagement campaign and LaEDIE.


The Quality Forum congratulates Board Member David Carmouche, MD, for being named as one of the “110 Physician Leaders to Know” for 2016. The list, released by Becker’s Hospital Review, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated “outstanding leadership and clinical expertise throughout their careers, leading initiatives to improve their individual organizations and the health care of the communities they serve.” Dr. Carmouche serves as Senior Vice President and President of the Ochsner Health Network (New Orleans).

The Cancer Crusaders of New Orleans will recognize Linda Morgan, Marketing and Communications Director, as one of eight cancer survivors who are also community activists during its 16th annual Celebration of Life luncheon later this month. The story appeared in the Oct. 19 issue of The New Orleans Advocate.

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