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Save the Date – Telehealth at the Crossroads: Going Mainstream

04 18 Save the Date telehealthThe TexLa Telehealth Resource Center (TRC) will host its annual conference on May 30-31 in San Antonio, 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 how technology and innovation are transforming care across Texas, Louisiana and beyond, in addition to legislative updates from both states. 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. For more information about TexLa TRC, please contact Lonnie Dufour, State Coordinator for the TexLa TRC, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 318-500-0046.

Recap: NHDD and Training Seminar

04 18 LaPOST seminar 2 role playOn April 16, Dr. Susan Nelson, LaPOST Coalition Chair, addressed more than 50 physicians, nursing facility administrators, nurses and social workers in long-term care facilities at “Planning for the Best Care Possible,” the second in a series of three seminars focused on advance care planning and LaPOST. Her presentation, which was held in Lafayette, focused on the available advance care planning documents, causes of potentially avoidable hospitalizations, and ways to improve advance care planning for health care professionals, residents and caregivers. The seminar also featured role playing scenarios to assist health care professionals as they discuss end-of-life care conversations with residents and caregivers. In addition, participants recognized NHDD by declaring their decisions to share their health care wishes with family members and physicians. The Quality Forum would like to thank several groups for their assistance with the seminar: Elite Healthcare Solutions; the National EMS Academy; the Acadiana Health Coalition; and Pauline Breaux and Tracy Vincent with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.

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Pictured from left, LaQuita Weston (Courtyard of Natchitoches); Jason Bankston, Kati Presas and Amanda DeBate (Elite Healthcare Solutions); and Jerilyn Breaux (Franklin Health Care Center)

Coming Up … Advance Care Planning/LaPOST Training

04 18 educational seminarsTwo additional training opportunities will be offered in May for health care professionals in long-term care facilities. On Tuesday, May 8, Dr. Susan Nelson will host a webinar dealing with information on advance care planning and use of the LaPOST document. The webinar, which is free of charge, begins at 8 a.m. and has been approved for one (1) hour of continuing education credit for nursing home administrators and social workers. If you are interested, please click here to register. 

Dr. Nelson will also present the third and final, on-site seminar in our 2018 series for health care professionals in long-term care facilities. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 10 at the National EMS Academy in Lafayette, La., with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The complimentary session is certified for two (2) hours of continuing education credit for social workers and nursing facility administrators. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here to register online by Tuesday, May 8. 

The series is part of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum’s educational training for long-term care facilities with grant funding from the Louisiana Department of Health using civil money penalties paid into the Nursing Homes Residents’ Trust Fund.

ICYMI: New Guide to Getting and Using Health Information

04 18 ONC Guide to Health RecordsIn early April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the ONC Guide to Getting and Using your Health Records, a new online resource for individuals, patients and caregivers. The guide supports both the 21st Century Cures Act goal of empowering patients and improving access to their electronic health information and the recently announced MyHealthEData initiative. The new initiative, led by the White House Office of American Innovation and supported by ONC, empowers patients by giving them control of their health care information. Other participants in the effort include the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Individuals’ ability to access and use their health information electronically is a measure of interoperability and a cornerstone of ONC’s efforts to increase patient engagement, improve health outcomes and advance person-centered health. The guide informs patients and consumers about the value of health information and provides individuals with clear, actionable advice on how to get, check and use their electronic health records. For additional information on individuals’ right to access their health information under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, please click here.

Visit Us: Louisiana Nursing Home Association Annual Spring Conference

04 18 LNHA logoThe Louisiana Nursing Home Association will host their Annual Spring Conference and Trade Show May 1-2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. If you are attending, please stop by the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum/LaPOST exhibit booth – our team would like to meet you!

09 17 News Notes

On April 12, Brian Richmond, Quality Forum Chief Technology Officer, and Allen Abshire, Health Information Technology (IT) Operations Director, presented "Louisiana Health Information Exchange (LaHIE): Where Are We Now?” at the 2018 Louisiana Public Health Association Annual Conference in New Orleans. The speakers discussed the evolution of data sharing/health IT, its impact on public health, the previous and current state of health IT, types of HIEs, health IT drivers, and its future with the group of approximately 60 attendees.

Dr. Susan Nelson, LaPOST Coalition Chair, was recently featured in the Peace with Dementia podcast hosted by Matt Estrade, MA, MBA, a dementia care consultant and educator in New Orleans. In the podcast, entitled “Ensuring Your Wishes are Known,” Dr. Nelson shared information on NHDD and the importance of advance care planning.

On April 20, Dr. Susan Nelson, LaPOST Coalition Chair, presented "Conversations Do Change Lives” to approximately 50 attendees at the 2018 LeadingAge Gulf States/Louisiana Assisted Living Association Annual Conference in New Orleans. Later that day, Dr. Nelson spoke to a small group of residents at Lambeth House Retirement Community in New Orleans regarding advance care planning and the LaPOST document.


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