Issue #5

July 2012 


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In This Issue
CCBC In The Spotlight
Webinar Held on CCBC's Innovative Solutions
Second Learning Collaborative Focuses on Population Management...
SuccessEHS Annual Customer Conference Held
Upcoming Meetings/ Events of Note
(As of July 20, 2012)
July 26, 2012
HIT Subcommittee Meeting

August 9, 2012
HIT Subcomittee Meeting

August 14, 2012
New Orleans Access Planning Meeting

September 7, 2012
CCBC/BCBS Clinical Seminar Series

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The Crescent City Beacon Community initiative represents an unprecedented level of cooperation across organizations, sectors and disciplines in Louisiana. In order to ensure success, partners contribute to every phase of the development

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CCBC In The Spotlight


  • Dr. Eboni Price-Haywood, M.D., M.P.H., the co-executive director, CMO and CIO of Tulane Community Health Centers (TCHC) was spotlighted in Healthcare Informatics May 2012 issue featuring the PCMH Mapping Project.
  • Two abstracts for CCBC initiatives were accepted as oral presentations for the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting to be held in San Francisco, October 27-31, 2012. Visit for more information about the meeting.
    • Txt4health: Consumer Engagement through Mobile Health Technology
    • Getting to Meaningful Use: Improving data reliability and validity for diabetes and cardiovascular disease care among 13 community health centers
  • Two CCBC abstracts were selected for presentation at AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting, held June 24-26, 2012 in Orlando, FL
    • New Orleans Preventable Hospital Admissions for Diabetes and Heart Disease in 2010
    • New Orleans Crescent City Beacon Data Reporting Project
  • CCBC staff drafted a brief on Quality Measurement and Reporting that was selected for inclusion in AcademyHealth's Beacon Issue Brief Series.
  • Dr. Anjum Khurshid, CCBC Project Director, was a panelist at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) meeting titled "Strengthening the Health Care Safety Net Through Interagency Cooperation, Planning and Policy." The meeting was held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. Anjum presented on payment reform within the health delivery system, including a discussion on the role payment reform plays in improving the quality of care for "high-cost" individuals and reducing healthcare expenditures. The meeting provided an opportunity for legislators and other state health policymakers to learn about evidence-based policies and programs related to strengthening the health care safety-net, and to network with their state team members and the participants from other states. 



Webinar Held on CCBC's Innovative Solutions for Using HIT to Implement the NCQA PCMH Model


Webinar image july issueOn May 7, 2012, CCBC participated in a national webinar hosted by the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), a non-partisan, non-profit organization with a mission to advance an effective and efficient health system built on a strong foundation of primary care and patient-centered medical home (PCMH). More than 320 stakeholders from across the country participated in the webinar, including CIOs, CMIOs, federal, state, and local government agencies, trade associations, non-profit organizations, vendors, consultancies, hospital groups, and physician groups to discuss the challenges with PCMH implementation in community clinic settings. 

The webinar focused on CCBC's work in using technology in a way to support care team functions while reducing staff and provider workloads. Specific discussions included CCBC and its clinical partners' process of conducting a cross-walk of the NCQA 2011 PCMH standards with current workflows for each standard to inform SuccessEHS of system design limitations and to suggest enhancements that would facilitate adherence to medical home standards. Ultimately, SuccessEHS used those suggestions to enhance its system. The CCBC group also worked with SuccessEHS to include recommended PCMH workflows in a toolkit for other SuccessEHS clients. These collaborative activities helped CCBC clinical partners with their NCQA certification, and is preparing them for Meaningful Use attestations. 

The full presentation can be viewed here.  



Second Learning Collaborative Focuses on Population Management, Risk Stratification, Registries


The second CCBC Learning Collaborative Session was held Wednesday, May 9, 2012, and Thursday, May 10, 2012. Five primary care coaches from Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) facilitated this second learning session for 16 CCBC clinic partner Change Teams and Leaders. The focus of the session was Population Management, Risk Stratification and Registries. 

This CCBC Learning Session created a community learning environment and encouraged creative thinking and goal setting around how to operationalize Registries and Risk Stratification into the chronic care service delivery at participating organizations. One of the 78 participants noted that "the other clinics were very open minded about sharing and networking information with everyone", while another noted that they found "the explanation and activity around developing a registry" to be useful. 

Electronic Medical Record vendors for the various change team organizations participated in this Learning Session by providing a demonstration of how Registry and Risk Stratification functionality worked in their system. 

The goal was to educate and empower the teams on definitions and management of a population of patients while incorporating evidence-based guidelines into the structure of how they provide care. PCDC incorporated feedback from Learning Session #1 by making this session educational as well as entertaining by including a skit on how to handle change team dynamics. A participant noted that the meeting was "hands on, very informative and fun." 

This Learning Session initiates the second intensive activity period. Change teams will return to their centers and continue to meet weekly or bi-weekly with their coaches to operationalize the goals they set forth during their work plan development at the start of the project. 




SuccessEHS Annual Customer Conference Held
SuccessEHS held its annual customer conference, May 16-18, 2012, where SuccessEHS spotlighted the "Innovative Solutions Using HIT" work and products they have developed in collaboration with CCBC partners including the PCMH Toolkit and Data Reporting Project. Several of the local SuccessEHS users from area clinics participated in the session which was very well received. Currently, SuccessEHS is offering its PCMH consulting services to implement the PCMH Toolkit and has said that they will make the Business Objectives Report Templates developed in conjunction with CCBC available to their entire client base. 
As one of 17 communities chosen to participate in the Beacon Community Grant Program of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the Crescent City Beacon Community (CCBC) was awarded $13 million over three years to strengthen local health information technology (HIT) infrastructure. Several major hospitals, public health agencies and community-based primary care providers are currently participating in this historic effort convened by the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI).

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is a statewide, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1997 that serves as a partner and convener to improve population-level health outcomes. We are part of a growing movement of public health institutes across the country. Our mission is to promote and improve health and quality of life through diverse public-private partnerships with government, foundations, academia, community groups and private businesses at the community, parish and state levels. LPHI coordinates and manages public health programs and initiatives in the areas of health systems development and health promotion/disease prevention and provides an array of services to help meet the needs of local and national partner organizations.
For more information visit or or contact us.
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