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Low-Cost, High-Volume Health Services Contribute The Most To Unnecessary Health Spending

co-authored by VCHI's Beth Bortz The findings of research on low-value care by VCHI and partners at UCLA, Milliman MedInsight, the University of Michigan, Virginia Health Information, and the Commonwealth of Virginia is published in the October issue of Health Affairs.  VCHI is pleased to share this recognition of our work on addressing low-value care […]

VCHI Awarded Grant From Potomac Health Foundation For Primary Care Work

This month, the Virginia Center for Health Innovation was awarded a one year grant from the Potomac Health Foundation (PHF) for the creation of the Potomac Primary Care Collaborative (PPCC).  The PPCC will engage up to 20 primary care sites in a regional learning collaborative aimed at strengthening practice models, optimizing clinical care, and enhancing […]

Beth Bortz appointed to ABFM Board of Directors

VCHI’s President and CEO, Beth Bortz, was recently appointed to the American Board of Family Medicine board of directors.  Ms. Bortz will serve on the ABFM board as its public representative.  She was nominated to the board by Newport News physician, Dr. John Brady.  He and Norfolk physician Dr. Christine Matson, are a member and […]

VCHI Welcomes New Board Members

The Virginia Center for Health Innovation announces the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors during the first quarter of 2017.  Joining the Board are Mike Bucci, Mary Mannix, and Suniti Ponkshe.  “Our newest Board members each represent a unique stakeholder and bring great talent, diverse perspectives, and energy to VCHI.  We […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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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