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HITMC Interview Spotlights Your Health In Your Hands Campaign

linda jamieJamie Martin, Marketing & Communications Manager for the Quality Forum, and Linda Morgan, Marketing Director, will participate in a live video interview on March 29 with leaders from the Healthcare IT and Marketing PR Conference (HITMC). Martin and Morgan will discuss the progress of the Quality Forum’s Your Health In Your Hands consumer engagement campaign, which educates Louisiana consumers on utilizing health IT tools and resources to improve their health. The interview precedes Martin’s presentation at the upcoming conference, held April 6-8 in Atlanta. For more information about the HITMC, click here.

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Quality Forum’s Robin to Present at National Nursing Expo

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Nadine Robin, Health IT Program Director for the Quality Forum, has been selected to present during the 2016 National Teaching Institute (NTI) & Critical Care Exposition, May 16-19 in New Orleans. Hosted by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the conference will feature an EHR Learning Center where speakers will lead sessions on the latest trends in health information technology (IT) and nursing informatics. Robin’s presentation will focus on the role of critical care nurses in engaging patients in the use of health IT to track and manage their care. To learn more about the conference, click here.

 
 
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Nelson Presents Case Study at National POLST Conference

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In February, Susan Nelson, MD, LaPOST Coalition Chair and Quality Forum board member, attended the 2016 National POLST Paradigm Conference in Chicago. Nelson, who also serves as Vice Chair of the National POLST Paradigm Task Force, presented a case study entitled, “Honoring the Patient Wishes When The Surrogate Changes Their Mind.” In addition, she shared recent LaPOST accomplishments with the group of 150 attendees and led a session for the organization’s southeast regional members. The conference focused on challenges and opportunities facing POLST, a tool for documenting and honoring patients’ wishes for end-of-life treatment. LaPOST, Louisiana’s POLST document, was endorsed by the POLST Paradigm Task Force in 2012.
 
     
 
Date Set for Annual Telehealth Conference

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The TexLa Telehealth Resource Center will host its annual conference June 20-21 in Lubbock, Texas. 2016 Rural Health at the Crossroads: Building Bridges to Care will unite health care professionals and telehealth practitioners from across Texas and Louisiana to learn about the latest practices in the industry. Based in Lubbock, the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center provides technical assistance and resources to new and existing telehealth programs. “As advocates for telehealth, we look forward to hosting this conference each year, to promote the significant impact this delivery method has on improving health outcomes for patients,” said Lonnie DuFour, TexLa Project Coordinator and Director of Client Services for the Quality Forum. To learn more about the center, click here.

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PCMH Transformation Results in Lower Costs, Fewer Hospital Stays

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Researchers have found practices that implement the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care generate lower costs per patient. The study, entitled, Impact of Medical Home Implementation Through Evidence-based Quality Improvement on Utilization and Costs, also found that patients treated through a PCMH experienced fewer hospitalizations.

Marcia Blanchard, VP of Operations for the Quality Forum, says, “Consistent care coordination is the key to success within the PCMH model. When a medical team works collaboratively to address the needs of patients and their families, the quality of care provided and the health outcomes are dramatically improved. We are proud to partner with 126 practices throughout Louisiana that utilize this patient-centered approach to health care.”

To learn more about the Quality Forum’s PCMH initiative, click here.