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Applying for the Accountable Health Communities Opportunity

SummaryIf your organization is interested in applying for the Accountable Health Communities grant, your initial Letter of Intent is due to CMS on February 8th.  This grant application requires both active participation from the state Medicaid agency, Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), and a contract between the applicant and DMAS.  DMAS is supportive of this […]

Virginia’s State Innovation Model Design

The following video highlights the work of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation and its partners over the last year to develop a State Health Innovation Plan under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative.  A companion report summarizing this effort is available for download below. Virginia SIM Report Download […]

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Accountable Care Communities & DSRIP: Frequently Asked Questions

How is the development of Regional Accountable Care Communities (ACCs) being supported by Virginia’s State Innovation Model (SIM) grant? Over the SIM grant period (February 2015 – January 2016) the SIM staff team is convening regional stakeholders within Virginia’s five health planning regions to: Provide updates to stakeholders on the status and outcomes of the […]

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Now is the time to be part of a positive change in primary care

by Beth A. Bortz I have exciting news to share about the Heart of Virginia Healthcare initiative. After hearing numerous concerns about the closeness of our first cohort to the date of the ICD-10 implementation, our cooperative approached AHRQ about a change to our timeframe. I am pleased to announce that they have agreed to […]

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Virginia Population Health Improvement Planning Update

Dr. Marissa Levine, State Health Commissioner, provides an update below on the population health improvement planning efforts underway at the Virginia Department of Health – including the development of Virginia’s Plan for Well-Being.  This update is for Virginia’s State Innovation Model stakeholders participating in the Accountable Care Communities planning and anyone interested in this effort. […]

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Hiding in Plain Sight: LBGT Older Adults

by Devin Bowers, Innovation Fellow An estimated 1.6 million to 2.4 million gay (G) men and lesbians (L), aged 65 years and older live in the United States and there will be an estimated 2.88 million to 4.32 million GL older adults by 2030. The number of transgender older adults is approximated at 700,000 and […]

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A review of other SIM states: Part I

by Daniel Greenberg, Innovation Fellow The Virginia Center for Health Innovation was awarded a State Innovation Models Round Two Design Award in February, a grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to “design multi-payer health system transformation models” for a one-year period. VCHI deploys a health innovation plan unlike any other model with […]

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Bon Secours Virginia wins 2015 Game Changer Award in Employee Health

RICHMOND, VA – 6-4-15 – The Virginia Center for Health Innovation’s 2015 Game Changer award in Employee Health was presented today at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s health care conference in Richmond. The Virginia Center for Health Innovation’s mission is to “accelerate the adoption of value-based healthcare in Virginia” so it launched its Game Changer […]

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Heart of Virginia Healthcare

by: Anton Kuzel, MD Last week, the Agency for Health Research and Quality announced the award of seven EvidenceNow: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care grants to state-level cooperatives aimed at improving the quality of care provided by small to medium practices (ten or fewer clinicians at a given site).  I am proud to say […]

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Students ‘hack’ innovations in caregiving

by Julia Truelove, Innovation Fellow In the constant conversation about meeting the needs of the aging population, one important issue is often left out of the equation – the physical and mental health of family caregivers. This past weekend, a diverse group of college students from across the Commonwealth gathered to try to address exactly […]

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