Episode 11: Catching up with fellow health value visionary, Nancy Giunto

In this episode, VCHI President & CEO, Beth Bortz talks to Nancy Giunto, executive director of the Washington Health Alliance about the approach they have taken to report on and improve health value in Washington state.

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Episode 10: Clinical Leader Profile – Carilion Clinic’s crusade to tackle low-value pre-operative testing

In this episode, Smarter Care Virginia team member Steve Horan, PhD, CEO of Community Health Solutions, chats with Dr. T.A. Lucktong and Jane Colwell at Carilion Clinic about their approach to reducing low-value pre-0perative testing. They share detailed insights into what has and hasn't worked for their team.

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Episode 9: Clinical Leader Profile – Ballad Health is off to a strong start with PICC line reductions

In this episode, Smarter Care Virginia team member Steve Horan, PhD, CEO of Community Health Solutions, chats with members of Ballad Health's Smarter Care leadership team about their great success so far in reducing PICC line insertion for late stage CKD patients.

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Episode 6: Clinical Leader Profile – Digging into the data with Sentara Quality Care Network

Summary: This is the first episode in a series of profiles featuring our Smarter Care Virginia clinical leaders. In this episode, Smarter Care Virginia team member Steve Horan, PhD, CEO of Community Health Solutions, chats with Dr. Moss Mendelson (Sentara Quality Care Network) and Kyle Russell (Virginia Health Information).  Dr. Mendelson and Kyle share how […]

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Episode 5: Health plan actions to address low-value care

In this episode VCHI President & CEO, Beth Bortz talks with her fellow National Task Force on Low-Value Care member, Dr. John Keats. Dr. Keats and Beth discuss the role health plans can play in reducing low-value care. Dr. Keats shares how Cigna has led in this work through a number of initiatives, including policy changes around Vitamin D screening.

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Episode 4: How the Commonwealth is prioritizing the reduction of low-value care

Summary: In this episode, VCHI’s President & CEO Beth Bortz chats with Secretary Daniel Carey, MD about how the commonwealth is prioritizing the reduction of low-value health services. Secretary Carey is currently a Vice Chair of VCHI’s board and is co-chair of the Smarter Care Virginia Employer Task Force. Our Guest: Secretary Daniel Carey, MD […]

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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: Influencing clinicians to change their behavior around low-value health services

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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