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 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 […]

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 […]

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, 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 […]

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

Dr. Rheuban 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 […]

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

Dr. Levine 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 […]

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