Dementia, who?

by Devin Bowers, Innovation Fellow It is not often that we hear the question asked “Do you have any concerns about your memory?” in the office of a primary care physician (PCP). Memory loss can be misconstrued by PCPs as a norm­­­­al part of aging; therefore it is overlooked in the myriad of other chronic […]

Innovator Interview: Marissa Levine, MD, MPH

Innovator: Marissa Levine, MD, MPH Position: Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health VHIN: Your one-year anniversary as Virginia State Health Commissioner is approaching, what have been the most exciting and challenging aspects of this appointment? ML:  Responding to a new threat to the US and Virginia, Ebola, was a significant challenge.  Ebola forced us to re-evaluate our […]

Helping Value-Based Care Delivery Pay for Itself

by Robert J. Fortini, VP and Chief Clinical Officer, Bon Secours Medical GroupAlthough many commercial health plan payments now focus on value rather than volume, the bulk of physician income is still derived from fee-for-service payments—or, for employed physicians, salary plus production incentives.aPioneers of value-based payment arrangements must navigate this reality if they are going […]

Innovator Interview: Richard Szucs, MD

Innovator: Richard Szucs, MDPosition: Chairman, Honoring Choices® VirginiaVHIN: How do you define advance care planning?RS: Advance care planning is the process whereby an individual plans ahead for how decisions regarding their health care will be made if they are unable to make those decisions for themselves. It is more than simply filling out a document. […]

Improving the Health of Older Adults with Chronic Conditions

by Fran Anderson, Director of The Center For Aging, Senior Services of Southeastern VirginiaMs. Rosa has just returned home after her second hospital stay within a month. She is 66 years old and has several chronic conditions with 12 prescribed medications. Ms. Rosa sees two doctors and uses two different pharmacies. Her medications were adjusted […]

Taking a Long View on Virginia’s Health

by Christopher J. Mullins, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of the Mid-AtlanticThe year 1990 marked the release of the very first America’s Health Rankings report – when we first learned where Virginia ranks relative to every other state in overall health and wellness. As UnitedHealthcare’s CEO in the Mid-Atlantic region, I always look forward to this annual report […]

Virginia Awarded State Innovation Model Grant Funds

Over the past two years, the Virginia Center for Health Innovation staff and our partners have worked collaboratively to lay the groundwork for the Virginia Health Innovation Plan (VHIP). The VHIP’s population health improvement initiatives are designed to transform Virginia health care and achieve the Triple Aim. Today we have an exciting update to share with […]

Innovator Interview: Charles “Bud” Conklin, D.D.S.

Innovator: Charles “Bud” Conklin, DDSPositions: Chief, Dentistry, Carilion Clinic | Associate Professor and Thread Director, Virginia Tech-Carilion School of MedicineVHIN: Carilion is one of the first medical schools in the nation to include a case-based oral health curriculum component in its medical school.  What was the impetus for the focus on oral health? CC: Most […]

Innovator Interview: William Lee, DPh, MPA, FASCP

Innovator: William Lee, DPh, MPA, FASCPPosition: Pharmacy System Director, Carilion Medical CenterVHIN: Tell us about your work under the Healthcare Innovation Award to train pharmacists in patient education and medication management.BL:  Carilion New River Valley Medical Center was the recipient of a $4.2 million dollar CMS Innovation award to demonstrate how pharmacist can Improve the […]

Virginia Medicaid Webinars Now Available

by Beth A. BortzOn September 9th and 10th, the Virginia Center for Health Innovation hosted a series of three webinars on the Virginia Medicaid Program for members of the General Assembly. This educational webinar series included: an update on the Virginia Medicaid program – including recent reforms and innovations; an overview of Medicaid expansion pathways […]