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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 […]

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