Governor’s Task Force on Primary Care Takes Quick Action to Aid Virginia’s Primary Care Clinicians

One of the first needs the group identified was access to personal protective equipment (PPE) for primary care clinicians.  Shortages of PPE, especially N95 masks, have been widely publicized. Unlike hospitals with established supply chains, primary care practices have struggled to identify vetted vendors and meet significant minimum order requirements. Primary care clinicians are the front line – often doing a significant amount of COVID testing - so access to PPE is critical.

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Episode 2: Dr. John Mafi and Dr. Howard Beckman

Summary: In this episode, Smarter Care Virginia lead evaluator, Dr. John Mafi speaks with SCV faculty member, Dr. Howard Beckman about the best communication strategies to utilize in order to influence clinicians to change their behavior around low-value health services.   Our Guests: John N. Mafi, MD, MPH is an assistant professor of medicine in the […]

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VCHI Announces Partnership with Governor Northam to Establish Task Force on Primary Care

Today in his press briefing, Governor Ralph Northam announced the creation of a task force on primary care in partnership with the Virginia Center for Health Innovation (VCHI) and Secretary of Health and Human Resources Daniel Carey. The Governor’s Task Force on Primary Care comes as primary care physicians report that the COVID pandemic has caused financial stress and layoffs in their practices. 

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New partnership to advance primary care Measures That Matter

Today, the Virginia Center for Health Innovation (VCHI) announced the creation of a new partnership with the Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care and the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation to develop, test and advance primary care “Measures That Matter” in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Health care teams turn on a dime to change care delivery and serve patients

Primary care teams across Virginia quickly adapt their workflows to keep patients safe.

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Employer task force launched to focus on reducing low-value health services

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, […]

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Most Virginians concerned with health care affordability; show bipartisan support for government action to improve.

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 […]

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VCHI and Health System Partners Team Up to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates

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 […]

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Virginia receives a $2.2M grant to tackle the overuse of unnecessary health care

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 […]

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The Virginia Health Innovation Network is updating to a new platform!

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 […]

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