Blog

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. http://vimeo.com/153096912 Virginia SIM Report […]

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. BortzI 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 our revised […]

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 FellowAn 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 this […]

A review of other SIM states: Part I

by Daniel Greenberg, Innovation FellowThe 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 five […]

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 […]

Heart of Virginia Healthcare

by: Anton Kuzel, MDLast 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 that […]

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 […]

Innovator Interview: Karen Rheuban, MD

Innovator: Karen Rheuban, MD Position: Director, University of Virginia Center for Telehealth VHIN:  What progress has been made in the Commonwealth of Virginia to connect persons with chronic conditions to remote monitoring?  How will Virginia’s SIM grant further this progress? KR:  The Commonwealth, through the work of our medical schools, healthcare systems, FQHCs and the […]

RSS Virginia Center for Health Innovation

  • Employer task force launched to focus on reducing low-value health services July 9, 2019
    Richmond, Virginia – July 9, 2019 – Today, at a meeting of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation’s (VCHI) board and leadership council, Virginia Health and Human Resources Secretary Daniel Carey, announced the creation of an employer task force as part of VCHI’s new Smarter Care Virginia initiative.  Smarter Care Virginia, launched in March 2019, […]
    Ashley Edwards
  • Most Virginians concerned with health care affordability; show bipartisan support for government action to improve. July 9, 2019
    Richmond, Virginia – July 9, 2019 – Today, at a meeting of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation’s board and leadership council, Lynn Quincy, director of Altarum’s Healthcare Value Hub, presented results of the Virginia Consumer Healthcare Experience State Survey. More than half (55%) of the 1,100 adults that responded to the survey indicated they […]
    Ashley Edwards
  • VCHI and Health System Partners Team Up to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates April 10, 2019
    Williamsburg, Virginia – April 10, 2019 – Today, at the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s Spring Conference, Virginia Center for Health Innovation (VCHI) President and CEO, Beth Bortz announced that VCHI had secured $225,000 in grant funding from Merck to implement Virginia Vaccinates; a collaborative project among primary care practice sites affiliated with three of […]
    Ashley Edwards
  • Virginia receives a $2.2M grant to tackle the overuse of unnecessary health care March 13, 2019
    Ann Arbor, Michigan – March 13, 2019 – Today, at the University of Michigan’s Value-Based Insurance Design Summit, Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Dr. Daniel Carey, announced that the non-profit Virginia Center for Health Innovation (VCHI) had secured support from Arnold Ventures through a $2.2 M grant to launch a statewide pilot to […]
    Ashley Edwards
  • The Virginia Health Innovation Network is updating to a new platform! March 14, 2018
    As part of ongoing technology development, VCHI is updating the Virginia Health Innovation Network to a new platform. This will mean a slightly new look and feel to the platform but with the same functionality plus a few new features!  The new platform is hosted by HealthDoers, an initiative of the Network for Regional Healthcare […]
    Ashley Edwards
  • Low-Cost, High-Volume Health Services Contribute The Most To Unnecessary Health Spending October 5, 2017
    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 with these partners and co-authors. […]
    Ashley Edwards
  • VCHI Awarded Grant From Potomac Health Foundation For Primary Care Work June 29, 2017
    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 […]
    Ashley Edwards
  • Beth Bortz appointed to ABFM Board of Directors May 17, 2017
    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 […]
    Ashley Edwards
  • VCHI Welcomes New Board Members May 1, 2017
    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 […]
    Ashley Edwards
  • Applying for the Accountable Health Communities Opportunity February 1, 2016
    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 […]
    Ashley Edwards