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Work begins on health-care innovation plan

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More than 70 people will begin work on Thursday on a plan for health-care innovation in Virginia.

Working with the Richmond-based Virginia Center for Health Innovation, leaders from the health care, government, non-profit and business communities will form groups examining ways to get better results in six key areas:

• Improving early childhood outcomes.
• Educating and engaging consumers to purchase value in health care.
• Improving transparency and availability of data.
• Improving chronic disease care.
• Improving care integration for physical and mental health.
• Improving the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriate mix of the health-care work force.

Before today’s kick-off, an inventory was conducted of innovative health-care projects already under development around the commonwealth in each priority area.  The inventory will be used as the starting point for each work group.

By the end of March, each work group will submit up to three project ideas for inclusion in the three-year Virginia Health Innovation Plan. 

A team of consultants will review the recommendations, develop cost savings projections, prepare implementation plans and compile a final report. 

That plan will be submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as an application for a multi-year State Innovation Model grant.

Proposed programs not submitted to the CMS grant will be considered by Virginia Center for Health Innovation for funding through other sources.

The work groups include members of the Virginia Health Reform Initiative Advisory Board, the Virginia Center for Health Innovation Board of Directors, State Government and leaders in each priority area, including physicians, hospital executives, employers, nonprofit-sector leaders and others. 


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