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Innovator Interview: Jennifer Palazzolo, MPH

Innovator Name: Jennifer Palazzolo, MPHPosition: APCD Program Manager, Virginia Health InformationVHIN: What is the All Payer Claims Database (APCD)?    JP: The APCD combines paid medical and pharmacy claims from commercial and public payers such as Medicaid and, in the future, Medicare.  What’s exciting is that the APCD provides a system-wide view of health care that […]

Innovator Interview: Katherine Neuhausen, MD, MPH

 Innovator: Katherine Neuhausen, MD, MPHPosition: Director of Delivery System Transformation, Office of Health Innovation, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityVHIN: How do you define population health management?I view population health management as having two major components:Data-driven development and implementation of interventions to address the needs of subgroups of a population (such as individuals with chronic disease or at […]

Innovator Interview: Terrina Thomas

Innovator: Terrina Thomas, MS, CHESPosition: Director, Health and Preventive Services, Sentara HealthcareVHIN: As the winner of our Game-Changer Award in Employee Health, you know a little bit about how employers, healthcare providers, and health plans, can work together to improve population health! What are some “lessons learned” from your experience implementing Mission: Health?As you can […]

Developing a shared understanding of population health

by Stephen Horan, PhDThe term “population health” is creating a lot of buzz, along with some confusion.  It is important to understand population health and related concepts in order to anticipate where the health system is going, and envision the kinds of health innovations that are needed.   In this article we introduce some basic definitions […]

Practical strategies for implementing innovation

by Stephen Horan, PhD In a previous article we identified five questions that can help us make informed decisions about adopting promising innovations within our own organizations.  Once the decision is made to move forward with an innovation, it is important to use the right strategies to achieve the implementation goals.  In this article we define […]

Deciding whether to adopt an innovation

by Stephen Horan, PhDShould we adopt the patient centered medical home?  Should we adopt employee incentives for wellness? Should we adopt the latest evidence-based guidelines on community cancer screening?   Each of these questions involves a decision about whether to adopt an innovation.  How we make these decisions can have a profound impact on whether and […]

Innovator Interview: Tom Parry, PhD

Innovator: Tom Parry, PhDPosition: President & CEO, Integrated Benefits InstituteVHIN: IBI has been generating and disseminating research on employee health and productivity for more than 15 years.  Based on your experience, what are the most important things employers should know about the relationships between employee health, productivity, and business performance?TP: Employers should understand that research […]

Innovator Interview: Dr. Richard Lindsay & Gordon Walker

Innovators: Dr. Richard Lindsay & Gordon WalkerPosition: Project Consultants, Institute for Innovations in Caregiving VHIN: In your experience, what are the most common challenges family caregivers face?  What work is the Institute for Innovations In Caregiving project doing to help alleviate these challenges? LINDSAY:  Caregiver health will become an even more critical issue because the demographic data […]

Innovator Interview: David Coe

 Innovator Name: David CoePosition: Executive Director, Colonial Behavioral HealthVHIN: What are some of the most promising approaches to the integration of behavioral health and primary care?I go straight to the concept of integrated care coordination.  A particular strength of the behavioral health field is an ability to assist patients through the maze of services, providers, […]

Innovator Interview: Secretary William A. Hazel, Jr, MD

 Innovator Name: William A. Hazel, Jr., MDPosition: Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Commonwealth of VirginiaVHIN: Considering the delivery system changes underway and the move towards more team-based, coordinated, and integrated care, what should Virginia’s healthcare workforce look like over the next 5-10 years?Hazel: Due to the long lead time and expense of training health […]

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 […]
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  • 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